Knox's Ex-boyfriend Drove to Austria as Court Deliberated Fate; Found in Hotel Near Border 1/31/14
FLORENCE, Italy — 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.