Amanda Knox Found Guilty of Murder By Italian Court
Amanda Knox was found guilty of murder today by an Italian court, the latest twist in a murder case that goes back to 2007.
The verdict reached by the two judges and six jurors came after several hours of deliberations at the Florence courthouse.
The judge sentenced Knox to 28 years in prison. Her former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and co-defendant was sentenced to 25 years.
This is the fourth time Knox faced a verdict on the 2007 murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher while they were roommates in Perugia, Italy. Knox, now 26, and Sollecito, 29, were convicted in 2009. After serving four years in prison they were freed in 2011 when an appeals court threw out the murder conviction. But Italy's supreme court ordered another appeals court to rehear the case.
Knox remained in her hometown of Seattle for the latest trial. Sollecito was in court today earlier today, but was not present for the verdict.
If convicted, Sollecito, who is still in Italy, risks immediate arrest.
In Knox's case, experts have said it is unlikely Italy would seek extradition until a verdict is finalized, a process that can take a year.