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Dutchman Pleads Guilty to Killing Peru Woman

Dutch citizen Joran Van der Sloot stands in front of a judge during his trial at the Lurigancho prison in Lima, Peru, January 6, 2012.

A Dutch man suspected in the disappearance of an American woman in Aruba has pleaded guilty to the killing of a woman in Peru.

Twenty-four-year-old Joran Van der Sloot admitted to a court Wednesday that he killed college student Stephany Flores in 2010.

Van der Sloot told a panel of three judges that he was sorry and "felt very bad." He earlier told police he got angry and strangled Flores in his Lima hotel room after he caught her looking up information about him on his laptop when the case of a missing U.S. woman came up.

Lawyers for Van der Sloot argued that he was suffering from "post-traumatic stress'' caused by inquiries into his possible ties to the disappearance of Natalee Holloway on the Caribbean island of Aruba.

Prosecutors are seeking a 30-year prison term for the slaying, but he likely will get less because of the plea. Judges are expected to sentence Van der Sloot on Friday.

Van der Sloot has been at the center of an investigation into Holloway's death.

He was taken into custody in 2005 and later released following Holloway's disappearance. The U.S. high school student from the southern state of Alabama vanished while celebrating her graduation. Van der Sloot admits to spending time with Holloway, but has not taken responsibility for her disappearance and presumed death

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.