Amanda Knox’s Former Boyfriend to Visit Seattle

Mar 14, 2012 10:14am

A reunion between Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, the man with whom she spent four years in an Italian prison on murder charges, could happen as early as this week.

Sollecito, 27, will be in Knox’s hometown of Seattle for a job interview this Friday with an Eastside tech company, said to be computer giant Microsoft, ABC News has learned.

While it remains unclear whether Sollecito has made plans to see Knox, 24, the reunion would mark the first time the two have seen each other since they were freed from a prison outside Perugia, Italy, last October.

The romance between Sollecito, an Italian, and Knox was cut short when both were arrested in November 2007 for the stabbing death of Knox’s 21 year-old British college roommate, Meredith Kercher. They were convicted of the murder in 2009 and Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison while Sollecito got 25 years.

Their sentences and convictions were overturned last year and both were freed from prison. Italian prosecutors are trying to have the conviction reinstated.

Both Sollecito and Knox are seeing other people these days. Sollecito is dating an Italian volleyball player, while Knox is seeing James Terrano, a friend from college.

The last moments together were emotional for Knox and Sollecito as well as for their families.

Moments after the verdict freeing them, Knox’s father Curt Knox went over to Franceso Sollecito, Raffaele’s father, and extended an open invitation for them to visit the Knoxes in Seattle.

Knox and Sollecito haven’t seen each other since they left court for the last time in a car after the judge set them free. As the vehicle took them back to prison for the paperwork to release them, an overwhelmed Knox was crying, her father told ABC News after the acquittal. Her tears prompted Sollecito to ask her, “Why are you crying? We’re free!”

Knox returned to Seattle after her release where she has resumed attending college and working to complete a book about her trial and imprisonment in Italy.  Knox signed a $4 million deal with HarperCollins in February for the still-untitled book, expected to be released in early 2013.

Sollecito, an IT student whom Knox met while in Italy as an exchange student, finished his computer science degree in prison.

Reports say that Sollecito also plans to meet with his Seattle-based book agent while in the U.S.  He had planned to meet with supporters at a residence near Bellevue, Wash., but sources tell ABC News that meeting has been cancelled.

A third person, Rudy Guede, was convicted of taking part in the murder in a separate trial and is serving a 16-year sentence.

 

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