Amanda Knox found guilty of murder (again)
An Italian appeals court upheld the guilty verdict for American student Amanda Knox and sentenced her to 28 and a half years in prison. Knox was not present for her verdict as she stayed in her Seattle home town during the re-trial.
At 10 a.m. two Italian judges and six jurors initiated deliberations that ran until their announcement at 4 p.m. ET.
"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 [then-boyfriend Raffaele] Sollecito, 29, were convicted in 2009," reports ABC News. "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."
Sollecito, who was also re-tried, was sentenced to 25 years.
Knox issued the following statement after the verdict: "First and foremost it must be recognized that there is no consolation for the Kercher family," she wrote. "Their grief over Meredith's terrible murder will follow them forever. They deserve respect and support.
"I am frightened and saddened by this unjust verdict," she continued. "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. Rather, nothing has changed. There has always been a marked lack of evidence. My family and I have suffered greatly from this wrongful persecution.
"This has gotten out of hand. Most troubling is that it was entirely preventable. 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: overzealous and intransigent prosecution, prejudiced and narrow-minded investigation, unwillingness to admit mistake, reliance on unreliable testimony and evidence, character assassination, inconsistent and unfounded accusatory theory, and counterproductive and coercive interrogation techniques that produce false confessions and inaccurate statements.
"Clearly a wrongful conviction is horrific for the wrongfully accused, but it is also terribly bad for the victim, their surviving family, and society," she added.