Amanda Knox Found Guilty By Italian Court, Sentenced To 28 Years Behind Bars
In the latest development in a case spanning almost seven years, Amanda Knox was convicted of murder and sentenced to 28 years behind bars Thursday. Knox was sentenced by two judges and a jury in Florence, Italy for the 2007 killing of Knox' flatmate Meredith Kercher. This is the fourth verdict for Knox, and this one is even more severe than the 26-year "guilty" sentence Knox was handed in 2009. That verdict saw Knox spend four years behind bars, before her sentence was overturned by an appeals court last May. Knox' ex-boyfriend, ex-roommate and co-defendant, Raffaelle Sollecito, was also sentenced to serve 25 years Thursday.
Knox was in Seattle for the verdict, though Sollecito appeared in Italy's court Thursday. As Bustle reported earlier:
Knox has maintained her innocence of the murder of Kercher, a British exchange student who was found stabbed to death in 2007 in the villa she rented with Knox in Perugia, Italy. Both Knox and Sollecito were convicted of Kercher's murder, and acquitted four years later after Italy's high court declared that the original trial had been filled with “deficiencies, contradictions, and illogical” conclusions.
A retrial was demanded, and two judges and six jurors deliberated for less than a day before finding Knox and Sollecito guilty once again.
As Bustle reported: