18 years after she disappeared, Natalee Holloway's family finally has answers,

Birmingham, Ala. — It's been a long time coming, but Beth Holloway finally knows what happened to her daughter Natalie in Aruba in 2005.

Natalie goes missing on a high school graduation trip to a Dutch Caribbean island. Van der Sloot was the last person seen with the 18-year-old. Although he was a suspect from the start, Aruban authorities were never able to build a case.

"Today, the United States charged Joran van der Sloot with planning to exploit a mother seeking information about her missing daughter," U.S. Attorney Prim Escalona said in a statement.

In the United States, however, federal prosecutors in Alabama had charged van der Sloot with extortion and wire fraud in 2010, while he was already in prison in Peru for a killing a college student, Stephany Flores, in his hotel room in Lima.

A judge sentenced Van der Sloot to 20 years in US federal prison. First he will be returned to Peru to serve time for the Flores murder. If he spends more than 20 years there, he will not have to return to the United States to finish his sentence for extortion and wire fraud.

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