December 11, 2009
Posted: 05:34 PM ET
Rome, Italy (CNN)
- The man convicted of killing British student Meredith Kercher has given an interview from his Italian jail cell, insisting Amanda Knox is a "sweet girl" incapable of murder.
Raffaele Sollecito, who was sentenced to 25 years for his role in Kercher's death, told an Italian newspaper that he was struggling to come to terms with the verdict and feared going "insane" in prison.
Asked if his former girlfriend Knox - also convicted of Kercher's murder and jailed for 26 years - was capable of killing, Sollecito told Il Messagero: "It is absurd and inadmissible. She is a very sweet girl."
Sollecito's lawyer Luca Maori, who acted as an intermediary for the newspaper, confirmed to CNN that the interview had taken place and was reported accurately.
American student Knox and Italian Sollecito were convicted last week of murdering Kercher, who was found with her throat slit in the apartment she shared with Knox in the Italian town of Perugia. Both, and another suspect found guilty in a separate trial, are appealing.
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