Amanda Knox has been found guilty of murder this afternoon and has been sentenced to 28 years in prison by an Italian court.
In the long-drawn court proceedings that have been on and off since 2007, Knox was accused of murdering her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, in Pergugia, Italy. Her ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, was also handed a sentence of 25 years in relation to the murder.
Knox has gone to trial 4 times now. After being convicted of the crime in 2009, Knox and Sollecito served four years only to be released by an appeals court in 2011. However, the case was brought again to a separate appeals court, who after deliberating with a jury, have laid down the most recent sentence.
Knox was not at the court for the sentencing, nor was Sollecito. Even though Knox was found guilty of murder, she will most likely not return to Italy to serve out her sentence as she lives in Seattle. Currently the U.S. does not extradite individuals who have been tried on the same charge.
By Brett Byers-Lane