Knox's ex-boyfriend drove to Austria as court deliberated fate; found in hotel near border


Associated Press

Posted on January 31, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 31 at 11:30 AM

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend has now returned to Italy and surrendered his passport.

Police say Raffaele Sollecito (rah-fy-EHL'-ay soh-LEH'-chee-toh) had left the country for Austria while an appeals court considered his fate. The court yesterday decided that he and Knox were, in fact, guilty in the murder of British student Meredith Kercher in 2007.

Sollecito returned to Italy and surrendered his passport following announcement of the decision.

He was sentenced to 25 years, while Knox received more than 28 years.

Knox returned to the U.S. in 2011 after an appeals court acquitted her and Sollecito and ordered them freed. Knox tells ABC's "Good Morning America" that she hadn't expected yesterday's guilty verdict and it hit her "like a train." In an interview this morning, she vowed to fight the conviction and said she "will never go willingly back" to Italy.

A final appeal could take another year.

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APPHOTO NYML102: Amanda Knox puts her hand to her forehead while making a television appearance, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 in New York. Knox said she will fight the reinstated guilty verdict against her and an ex-boyfriend in the 2007 slaying of a British roommate in Italy and vowed to "never go willingly" to face her fate in that country's judicial system . "I'm going to fight this to the very end," she said in an interview with Robin Roberts on ABC's "Good Morning America." (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) (31 Jan 2014)

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