Amanda Knox has just been found guilty of the 2007 murder of her former roommate Meredith Kercher … and she has been sentenced to 28 years in prison.
An Italian court consisting of two judges and a jury of six handed down the verdict today after hours of deliberations inside a courthouse in Florence.
Knox’s former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito was also found guilty … and sentenced to 25 years in jail.
This latest development is another sharp twist of the murder trial saga: In 2009, Knox and Sollecito were found guilty and sentenced to 26 and 25 years in jail respectively. After serving four years, an appeal court reversed the verdict, and Knox left Italy to live in her native Seattle, Washington.
Then in March last year, the Italian supreme court ordered a retrial of the case … and now she has been slapped with an ever stiffer sentence.
Knox was not in Italy when the verdict was reached.
Knox has just released a statement which reads, ‘I am frightened and saddened by this unjust verdict. Having been found innocent before, I expected better from the Italian justice system.’