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Joran Van Der Sloot Appeals 28-Year Murder Sentence

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Jan. 24 2012, Updated 7:00 a.m. ET

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By Debbie Emery - Radar Reporter

Just a week after he pleaded guilty to the murder of Stephany Flores, convicted killer Joran van der Sloot is appealing his 28-year prison sentence, according to his Peruvian lawyer.

Attorney Jose Luis Jimenez claims that the three judges who sentenced van der Sloot on January 13 did not take into account his prior confession to the May 2010 murder of the 21-year-old Peruvian student, reported USAToday.com.

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The appeal was reportedly made last week and comes in light of RadarOnline.com's exclusive report that Jimenez claims the 24-year-old Dutchman is upset with him for returning almost $75,000 that Florida woman, Joran’s “guardian angel” Mary Hamer sent him for "bail."

"That upset him very much and he saw me as a traitor," wrote Jimenez in an e-mail to RadarOnline.com.

He claims that it was Joran's decision to ask Mary for the money, and that he simply verified that it went into his account.

On Monday, Jimenez reportedly argued that van der Sloot never denied killing Flores, who was found beaten and strangled in a Lima hotel room after the pair had been playing poker together.

Van der Sloot still remains the prime suspect in the disappearance of an Alabama teen in Aruba, who went missing exactly five years earlier to the day of Flores' murder.

He is currently being held in Piedras Gordas prison north of Lima, where he is segregated from other inmates.

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