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Knox Prosecutor Seeks 30-Year Jail Term in Murder Case

Former Defendant Amanda Knox
Former murder defendant Amanda Knox appears on NBC News' "Today" show, on Sept. 20, 2013. Photographer: Peter Kramer/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images

Nov. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Amanda Knox should be sentenced to 30 years in jail for the 2007 killing of her roommate, Meredith Kercher, prosecutor Alessandro Crini told an appeals court in Florence today.

Crini made the request after making a seven-hour plea yesterday for the conviction of Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito for the 2007 murder of Kercher in Perugia, Italy. The request was confirmed by phone by Knox’s lawyer Luciano Ghirga.

Crini asked for a 26-year jail term for Sollecito, Ghirga said. “We obviously aren’t in agreement,” he said.

Seattle native Knox, now 26, was an exchange student in Perugia, a city of 170,000 in central Italy, at the time of Kercher’s killing. Both Knox and Sollecito, now a 29-year-old computer studies graduate, were convicted of murder and sentenced to 26 years and 25 years in prison respectively in the first ruling in 2009. That decision was overturned in 2011.

Earlier this year, Italy’s highest court approved a prosecutor’s request to void the appeals court verdict and try Knox and Sollecito again.

Knox, who has said she’s “haunted” by the nearly four years spent in jail, didn’t return to Italy for the trial, while Sollecito testified at a previous hearing on Nov. 6. He denied any wrongdoing, saying all he and Knox wanted at the time was to be isolated in their “little fairy tale.”

Kercher, a 21-year-old London native and Leeds University exchange student, was found dead in her bedroom with her throat slashed on Nov. 2, 2007, in the house she shared in Perugia with Knox and two other women.

Prosecutor Giuliano Mignini said at the original trial that Knox had masterminded a drug-fueled sex game involving Sollecito and Rudy Guede, an Ivorian-born Italian citizen, which turned violent, leading to the murder.

Guede was found guilty in a separate “fast-track” trial in 2008 and sentenced to 30 years in prison. His sentence was reduced to 16 years in a 2009 appeal.

To contact the reporters on this story: Chiara Vasarri in Rome at cvasarri@bloomberg.net; Lorenzo Totaro in Rome at ltotaro@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Craig Stirling at cstirling1@bloomberg.net; Jerrold Colten at jcolten@bloomberg.net

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