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Raffaele Sollecito, Amanda Knox's Ex-Boyfriend, Posts Pictures Of New Girlfriend Annie Achille

First Posted: 01/12/12 02:03 PM ET Updated: 01/15/12 11:46 AM ET

Raffaele Sollecito, the ex-boyfriend of Amanda Knox, seems to be adjusting well to life on the outside after spending four years in prison.

Multiple news outlets are reporting that the 27-year-old has made his relationship with Annie Achille public by posting pictures of the two of them together on Facebook.

According to the Daily Mail, Achille is a distant cousin of Sollecito.

(Click over to The Examiner for more pictures.)

From The Examiner:

In the photos posted by Sollecito, he is seen hugging and kissing Achille, 26 -- an Italian volleyball player.

Beneath the pictures, he has written "I love you Annie" and comments how she takes his "breath away" and how "beautiful" she is.

Fox News adds that the two have updated their relationship statuses on Facebook to "engaged," so there could be nuptials in the not-too-distant future.

"It's just a normal relationship with a girl," Francesco Sollecito, Raffaele's father, told Italian news agency Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata, according to the Telegraph. "I knew her before because she is a distant relation of our family, but we're not well acquainted."

He added: "After four years in jail, my son is slowly returning to a normal life. But it's not easy."

Knox, for her part, is reported to be living with James Terrano, a former boyfriend, in a Seattle apartment.

Knox and Sollecito, along with Rudy Guede, were convicted in 2009 in the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher, Knox's roommate at the time.

But Knox and Sollecito's convictions were overturned in October of last year, while Guede, whom the Associated Press describes as "a small-time drug dealer and drifter," is still serving a 16-year sentence.

Below, see a timeline of events in the murder of Meredith Kercher and the Amanda Knox trial:
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  • Nov. 2, 2007

    British student Meredith Kercher, 21, is found murdered in the Perugia, Italy apartment she shares with 20-year-old Amanda Knox, an American student. Post-mortem examination reveals evidence of sexual activity before death.

  • Nov 6, 2007

    Knox and 23-year-old boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito (right) are arrested. Knox's boss, 38-year-old bar owner Patrick Lumumba, is also arrested after revealing he'd canceled Knox's shift the night Kercher is murdered. He is released Nov. 19.

  • Oct. 28, 2008

    A third suspect, 20-year-old drug dealer Rudy Hermann Guede, is sentenced to 30 years in jail after confessing to being in the house on the night of the murder. He maintains his innocence, instead blaming an Italian stranger for the crime.

  • Sept. 26, 2008

    Knox and Sollecito meet in court for the first time since their arrests.

  • Jan. 16, 2009

    Knox and Sollecito's trial begins.

  • March 6, 2009

    After claiming she was pressured to name a suspect, Knox tells the court she was at Sollecito's house when Kercher's murder took place.

  • Nov. 21, 2009

    Italian prosecutors request life sentences for both Knox and Sollecito.

  • Dec. 4, 2009

    Jury retires to consider verdicts. Both defendants are found guilty. Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison, while Sollecito received 25 years. On Dec. 19, Guede's sentence is decreased to 16 years.

  • June 17, 2010

    Knox appears at a preliminary hearing in view of her upcoming appeal trial.

  • Oct. 1, 2010

    Knox briefly reappears in an Italian court for a hearing on possible police slander charges.

  • Nov. 24, 2010

    Knox was escorted by a policewoman into the same Perugia courtroom where the first trial was held.

  • Nov. 8, 2010

    Knox is indicted on slander charges for claiming she was beaten by police when questioned in 2007 about her roommate's slaying.

  • Nov. 24, 2010

    Knox returns to court for the start of her appeals trial, about a year after the American student was convicted of killing her British roommate in a case that drew global attention.

  • Nov. 24, 2010

    The appeal trial for both Knox and Sollecito is scheduled to open in Perugia.

  • Nov. 24, 2010

    The 23-year-old was convicted in December 2010 of sexually assaulting and murdering Meredith Kercher, and sentenced to 26 years in prison.

  • Nov. 24, 2010

    Knox chats with her lawyer Carlo Della Vedova.

  • Nov. 24, 2010

    Sollecito, right, is escorted by a penitentiary police guard as he arrives for a hearing in the appeals trial.

  • Nov. 24, 2010

    Knox is escorted by a penitentiary guard.


Filed by Timothy Stenovec  |