ROME — An Italian choose on Tuesday launched the one particular person definitively convicted of the 2007 homicide of the 21-year-old British pupil Meredith Kercher, a polarizing case that’s nonetheless hotly debated each inside and outdoors the nation.
Rudy Guede was freed after finishing 13 years of his 16-year sentence with time without work for good conduct, in keeping with his lawyer, Fabrizio Ballarini, and courtroom paperwork. He has all the time maintained his innocence, the lawyer stated.
The homicide within the picturesque central Italian city of Perugia instantly drew salacious headlines in Italy, Britain and america, fueling parental nightmares about college students overseas.
Ms. Kercher, a pupil on the College of Leeds, had been taking programs in Perugia. Her physique was discovered on Nov. 1, 2007, within the condo she shared with Amanda Knox, a 20-year-old pupil from Seattle.
5 days after the homicide, Ms. Knox and her boyfriend on the time, Raffaele Sollecito, have been arrested and charged with the crime. Prosecutors initially depicted the homicide as drug-fueled intercourse sport gone awry.
Mr. Guede, born within the Ivory Coast and raised in Italy, was arrested in Germany on Nov. 20. Then 20, he was an acquaintance of the tenants on the bottom ground of the two-story home the place Ms. Kercher and Ms. Knox had lived, and the police discovered his bloody fingerprints and DNA on the scene of the crime.
He was placed on trial individually from Ms. Knox and Mr. Sollecito, was convicted and was initially sentenced to 30 years in jail. The sentence was diminished to 16 years on attraction. Ms. Knox and Mr. Sollecito, additionally initially convicted, spent 4 years in jail whereas their case bounced round varied Italian courts, and have been then cleared of the homicide cost in 2015.
Mr. Guede served most of his sentence in Viterbo, a city about 50 miles north of Rome. He obtained a three-year college diploma whereas in jail, his lawyer stated. In September 2019, he began a work-release program and a yr later, he was positioned on probation, dwelling on his personal and dealing throughout the day.
Ms. Knox returned to america in 2011 after her preliminary conviction was overturned by an appeals courtroom. However she stated in a latest interview that she continues to be struggling to place her wrongful conviction behind her.