1Florence, Italy (CNN) — An Italian appeals court convicted former exchange student Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito on murder charges Thursday night.

Prosecutors said the couple had killed Meredith Kercher in November 2007. They were convicted two years later of murder, but those charges were overturned on appeal in 2011.

A judge said Thursday that Knox, also convicted of slander, was sentenced to 28 1/2 years in prison. Sollecito’s sentence was 25 years.

Knox, an American, said her conviction would bring no consolation to the Kercher’s family

“I am frightened and saddened by this unjust verdict,” she said in written remarks. “Having been found innocent before, I expected better from the Italian justice system. The evidence and accusatory theory do not justify a verdict of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. …There has always been a marked lack of evidence.”

She called the legal proceedings a travesty.

“This has gotten out of hand. Most troubling is that it was entirely preventable,” she said. “I beseech those with the knowledge and authority to address and remediate the problems that worked to pervert the course of justice and waste the valuable resources of the system.”

It is unlikely that Knox, who lives in Seattle, Washington, will return to Italy to serve additional prison time because U.S. law dictates that a person cannot be tried twice on the same charge, a legal expert told CNN. He believes that if Italy were to ask for extradition, U.S. officials would deny the request.She was once put in jeopardy and later acquitted,” said Sean Casey, a former prosecutor who is now a partner at Kobre & Kim in New York. “Under the treaty, extradition should not be granted.”

Presiding judge Alessandro Nencini has 90 days to write his arguments behind the jury’s ruling. Once that is out, lawyers have 90 days to appeal.

Kercher, 21, of Great Britain, was found partially nude in a pool of blood in the house she shared with Knox in the picturesque town of Perugia, where both women were exchange students.

Knox has said she is afraid to return to Italy, where she spent four years behind bars.

“I will become … a fugitive,” she told Italian daily La Repubblica this month, when asked what she would do if she was found guilty in the second trial.

Italy’s Supreme Court in March overturned the pair’s acquittals, saying that the jury did not consider all the evidence and that discrepancies in testimony needed to be answered.

The case was sent to a retrial in Florence.

Dressed in a purple sweater with sunglasses nestled on his collar, Sollecito made it to the tribunal for the morning session and was expected to return for the verdict, but his attorney, Luca Maori, said that his Italian client would not be coming back to court.

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The retrial began in September, refocusing international attention on the case that grabbed headlines in Italy, Britain and the United States — but neither Knox nor Sollecito were present in court.

It has renewed questions about the effectiveness of Italy’s justice system, given widespread doubts over the handling of the investigation and key pieces of evidence.

Both Knox and Sollecito have maintained their innocence.



Knox, 26, and Sollecito, 29, were convicted in 2009 of killing Kercher, who was found with more than 40 stab wounds and a deep gash in her throat.

Prosecutors say she was held down and stabbed after she rejected attempts by Knox, Sollecito and another man, Ivory Coast-born Rudy Guede, to involve her in a sex game. Guede is the only person in jail for the murder, and many aspects of the crime still remain unexplained.


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  1. ๑۩ dee ۩๑

    Interview by Italian judge in Meredith Kercher murder retrial sparks fresh controversy

  2. ๑۩ dee ۩๑

    Amanda Knox’s former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito speaks out

    Editor’s Note: You can watch Anderson’s full interview with Raffaele Sollecito tonight on AC360 at 8pm E.T.

  3. MsShoe16

    Dee, that’s exactly what it is! A Witch hunt. They looked stupid for even bringing charges against AK and her boyfriend, now they can’t give it up because of their pride.

  4. ♥♥♫shoozeyque♫♥♥

    What makes me laugh in this whole thing is, the prosecutor is a criminal himself. How does he keep his job?

  5. ♥♥♫shoozeyque♫♥♥

    Add to that the police officials and police department:

    And, did you know in Italy, prosecutors are appointed for life.

    And look at this guy: – I wouldn’t call him squeaky clean either.

    They all pretty much lead very “Colorful” lives, to say the very least.

  6. Moo (GA)

    This travesty would mank any parent that has a highschool or college child that wants to study abroad apprehensive. Young people behave in manners and make poor choices in a lot of situations. They don’t have the maturity to scrutinize how their behaviour might be interpreted.

    I love to travel, but I’m not sure I would let my school aged child (if I had one) be a foreign exchange student. Would have to think hard on that one…..

  7. ๑۩ dee ۩๑

    Alan Dershowitz and Paul Callan discuss the latest guilty verdict in the Amanda Knox murder case.

  8. Truth Springs Eternal

    CNN’s Max Foster speaks to Alan Dershowitz about the evidence against Amanda Knox in the Meredith Kercher murder trial.

  9. Hαґℓεƴgḯґℓ

    Truth Springs Eternal
    February 4, 2014 – 2:52 pm

    Great Post Truth!

  10. Missypach

    Truth Springs Eternal
    February 4, 2014 – 2:52 pm

    Thanks for the link Truth S.E. I agree with Dershowitz and also agree with him about the politics of it and the media bias. Jmo

  11. Hαґℓεƴgḯґℓ

    Hey Missy, How are you? Haven’t seen you in awhile. I think the media and politics have covered up a lot of the evidence and truth be hind this case. Like I have said if you did not do anything wrong why lie and implicate somebody else? JMO

  12. catherineb

    I did a lot of readin over the last few days, and while I agree AK was immature and acted improperly, I must say I don’t expect much better of a 19 yo.

    I don’t remember the exact website ( possibly) but the articles were very informative.

    I have to say I believe she is innocent, the media blew things ou if proportion and the govt was wrong and couldn’t backpedal.

    As always, JMHO.

  13. Truth Springs Eternal

    Dershowitz quoted:

    “No double jeopardy in this case.”

    “The evidence against her is very considerable, but you wouldn’t know that by listening to the American media.”

    “She falsely accused somebody of committing the crime.” (She never recanted; Lumumba was exonerated through the investigation).

    “She created a false alibi.”

    “Multiple people were involved in the murder.”

    “Guede admitted that Knox did it.”

    “For people to say there is no evidence, they are just not telling the truth.” It is about the truth isn’t it?

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