Published August 25, 2014
Joran van der Sloot, the 27-year-old Dutchman who is the prime suspect in the 2005 disappearance of U.S. teen Natalee Holloway, has been transferred to a remote, icy penitentiary in southern Peru.
Van der Sloot, convicted in the 2010 murder of Peruvian student Stephany Flores, allegedly started a fight with another inmate in the Lima prison where he was serving his 28-year term. Peruvian authorities said he threatened to kill the warden of the prison.
He has been transferred to the Challapalca Penitentiary located in the Andean department of Puno, which sits at more than 12,500 feet and where temperatures range between minus 4 to 48 degrees Fahrenheit.
Van der Sloot, who married his Peruvian girlfriend in a prison ceremony last month, is set to be a father in September — a fact his lawyer is using in his plea to reconsider the move.
The son of a judge who was serving in Aruba,Van der Sloot was the last person seen with Holloway, who vanished while on a graduation trip to the Caribbean island.
Van der Sloot remains the chief suspect.
Once his sentence ends, he is to be extradited to the United States to face trial on charges he extorted and defrauded Holloway's mother shortly before traveling to Peru in 2010.
He allegedly took $25,000 from the mother, promising to lead her to Holloway's body.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.