msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 4/13/2011 2:55:15 PM ET 2011-04-13T18:55:15

Joran van der Sloot, suspected in the disappearance of American teen Natalee Holloway in 2005, has been involved in several stabbing incidents in a Peruvian prison, Dutch media reported, citing Panorama magazine.

DutchNews.Nl said Panorama reported that van der Sloot, charged with murdering a woman in Peru, has stabbed three people and had been put into solitary confinement several times.

A lawyer for Van der Sloot did not deny the stabbing incidents, DutchNews.nl said, citing Panorama.

Van der Sloot, 23, is accused of first-degree murder in the killing of Stephany Flores, whom he met at a Lima casino and allegedly killed in a hotel room.

First-degree murder carries a 15- to 35-year sentence in Peru. Manslaughter could bring three to five years.

The young Dutchman remains the key suspect in the unsolved 2005 disappearance of Holloway, an 18-year-old Alabama student he met in a casino on the Caribbean island of Aruba.

Van der Sloot has several times confessed and then recanted a role in the disappearance of Holloway, who was visiting Aruba on a high school graduation trip with classmates.

Van der Sloot was indicted last June in Alabama on federal wire fraud and extortion charges for allegedly trying to extort $250,000 from Holloway's mother, Beth Twitty, in exchange for information on where she could find her daughter's body.

This article includes reporting from msnbc.com staff and The Associated Press.

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