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Joran van der Sloot appeals 28-year murder sentence

Joran van der Sloot arrives to the courtroom for his sentence at San Pedro prison in Lima, Peru, Friday Jan. 13, 2012. Van der Sloot will be sentenced Friday for the 2010 murder of Stephany Flores, a young woman he met at a Lima casino. Prosecutors have asked for a 30-year sentence for first-degree murder and theft. AP Photo/Karel Navarro

Joran van der Sloot arrives to the courtroom for his sentence at San Pedro prison in Lima, Peru, Friday Jan. 13, 2012.
AP Photo/Karel Navarro

(CBS/A) LIMA, Peru - Joran van der Sloot's attorney says he has  has the Dutchman's 28-year sentence for murdering a young Peruvian woman he met in a Lima casino.

Pictures: Joran van der Sloot, Natalee Holloway and Stephany Flores

Attorney Jose Jimenez says the three judges who sentenced van der Sloot on Jan. 13 did not take into account his client's initial confession to police..

Jimenez said Monday that van der Sloot never denied killing Stephany Flores. Her May 2010 death came five years to the day after the disappearance in Aruba of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway.

Van der Sloot remains the main suspect in that case.

He is at Piedras Gordas prison north of Lima, where his lawyer says he is temporarily segregated from other inmates.

Jimenez says the appeal was filed last week.

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