By Debbie Emery - Radar Reporter
It's less than a month since Joran van der Sloot was sentenced to 28 years for the murder of Stephany Flores, but the cold-hearted killer is hoping to be a free man in less than five years, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned.
"He is appealing his sentence and hopes he gets parole in less than five years," an insider exclusively revealed to RadarOnline.com.
If van der Sloot's prediction comes true, it will mean he is a free man by 2017 and will serve a fraction of the sentence that was handed to him on January 13 after he confessed to the May 2010 killing of the 21-year-old Peruvian student.
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, the 24-year-old Dutchman's lawyer, Jose Luis Jimenez, filed an appeal last week claiming that the three judges who sentenced him did not take into account that van der Sloot pleaded guilty to the hotel room slaying.
After being transferred from the lenient Castro Castro prison to the maximum security jail Piedras Gordas, Joran has been suffering from increasing health problems due to the poor conditions.
"His health has suffered and he is not doing well there," our insider exclusively told RadarOnline.com. "Joran blames the food and the water, he says that he is depressed and feeling weak all the time."
Joran's new home is considered one of the harshest places in the Peruvian penal system, but van der Sloot worries that things could get even more extreme for him if he is sent to the notorious Challapalca Prison, in the cold and inhospitable area of Tacna, Peru.
However, many Americans believe that even if he served his full sentence at Piedras Gordas, he is still getting off lightly for his heinous crimes, which include remaining 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.