Amanda Knox, the American exchange student accused of murdering her British exchange student roommate Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy in 2007, will face an additional 30 years behind bars it the prosecution gets its way.

Prosecutor Alessandro Crini, in his closing arguments in Florence, stated his ardent belief that both Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito had a hand in Kercher’s death and should be found guilty of murder. He suggested that the pair should serve 26 years behind bars for the murder, and that Knox should serve an additional five years for slander, reported CNN.

The latest theory pertaining to Kercher’s death surmises that Knox and Sollecito each had a knife with which they stabbed the victim. Rudy Guede, the Ivory Coast native who was found guilty in Kercher’s death and is currently serving out a 16-year sentence, is alleged to have held the student down while sexually abusing her.

Knox and Sollecito were initially found guilty of Kercher’s death in 2009. Knox was sentenced to 26 years for the murder and an additional year for slander for allegedly falsely accusing a local bar owner of Kercher’s murder. Sollecito was to serve 25 years. Both of the convicted parties served a total of four years in prison before their guilty verdicts were overturned in 2011.


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Since her 2011 acquittal, Knox has been living in her hometown of Seattle and attending the University of Washington, where she is studying creative writing. Sollecito is pursing a degree in computer engineering in Verona.

– Chelsea Regan

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