Italian police arrested Raffaele Sollecito—Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend—late last night at hotel near the Austrian border. Hours earlier, Knox and Sollecito had been convicted for the second time of murdering British student Meredith Kercher in 2007.
Police found Sollecito staying with his current girlfriend in a hotel between the northern towns of Udine and Tarvisio, just six miles from the Austrian border. Thursday morning, he attended his trial in Florence, some 206 miles from the hotel where he was arrested last night. But he was absent that afternoon when he was sentenced to 25 years.
After his arrest, he was taken to the police station, where his passport was seized and his papers were stamped to make clear that he is not allowed to leave Italy. Until his conviction is confirmed, he is free to roam the country.
"Raffaele Sollecito... was notified of the cautionary measures of the travel ban and the confiscation of his passport in the first hours of this morning," a note from Italian police read.
Knox, who lives in Seattle now, was sentenced to 28 and a half years yesterday for Kercher's murder. "I'm definitely not going back to Italy willingly," Knox told The Guardian yesterday. "They'll have to catch me and pull me back kicking and screaming into a prison that I don't deserve to be in."
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