Prosecutor in Knox trial wants to make sure any sentences are served

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FLORENCE, Italy (AP) - Prosecutors in Italy are asking a court to take steps to guarantee that Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend will serve their sentences, if they are convicted of murdering a British student.

Defense lawyers and prosecutors today made rebuttals to the closing arguments in the case. It's the last phase of the defendants' third trial before the court begins deliberations at the end of the month.

Prosecutors are demanding guilty verdicts and jail sentences of 26 years for both defendants. Both were released after an appeals court overturned their earlier guilty verdicts. But Italy's highest court ordered the case back to another appeals court after blasting the acquittal.

Knox has not returned to Italy for this trial. She's at home in the United States. If there's a guilty verdict, she would become a fugitive if she fails to return to serve a sentence. Her lawyer says any request for extradition could be made only after a possible guilty verdict is confirmed by Italy's highest court. And that's a process that can take a year or more.

Her former boyfriend has attended the trial, and his father says he has no intention of fleeing justice.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)Prosecutors are demanding guilty verdicts and jail sentences of 26 years for both defendants.

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