In a decision that stunned defense attorneys and perhaps many more a court in Florence, Italy has found Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito guilty of the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher after the original guilty verdict had been overturned by appeal in 2011. Restated, they were found Guilty, then Not Guilty, and now Guilty Again.
Presiding Judge Alessando Nencini (below) read the verdict after the court held 12 hours of deliberations, and sentenced Knox to 28 years and 6 months in prison and Sollecito to 25 years in prison and demanded that his passport be revoked.
In a statement Amanda Knox said today “I am frightened and saddened by this unjust verdict… Having been found innocent before, I expected better from the Italian justice system.”
The judge is expected to release a report on the verdict in the next 90 days and then Knox and Sollecito will have 90 days to lodge and appeal, which would see the ruling sent to the Italian Supreme Court.
Knox, who was not required to attend the latest trial, stands a good chance of not having to serve out the sentence regardless of what the Italian Supreme court rules because of the United State’s laws on double jeopardy, whereby a defendant cannot stand trial for a crime for which one has already been acquitted or convicted.
Visit our Amanda Knox Crime Line to see the key events from the tragic murder of Meredith Kercher and the subsequent investigations and trials of Knox and Sollecito.
Photo of Knox/Sollecito ©AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino