Italy Frees Man Convicted of Killing UK Student Meredith Kercher

Rudy Guede, the man convicted of the sexual assault and murder of British student Meredith Kercher in Italy in 2007, has been released early from prison for good behavior.

Guede served 13 years of a 16-year jail sentence after being found guilty of Kercher’s murder in 2008, the Associated Press reported.

The 21-year-old British foreign exchange Kercher was found sexually assaulted and stabbed in her bedroom in Perugia in November 2007.

Guede, whose DNA was found on Kercher’s body and all over the murder scene, fled the country but was arrested in Germany a few days after the murder.

Guede’s lawyer, Fabrizio Ballarini, said that Guede’s sentence was due to end on January 4th, but the court moved up 45 days earlier, and he was freed on Tuesday.

Ballarini said Guede would continue to work in the library at the Viterbo-based Center for Criminology Studies. 

Guede, who was 20 at the time of the murder, had always maintained his innocence.


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