Amanda Knox was found guilty of murder in a judgment made by an Italian court on Jan. 30, 2014, according to news reports. The verdict is the latest development in a saga that started with the murder of student Meredith Kercher in 2007.
It was the third trial in the case of the murder in Perugia, Italy in 2007. Knox, 26, and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, 29, were found guiltyof murder in 2009. The verdict was overturned on appeal in 2011 and Knox and Sollecito were released from prison. Knox returned to her home of Seattle in the U.S.A. Amanda Knox verdict overturned (2011) photos.
Sollecito, who is Italian, attended the trial overturning the appeal verdict, but Knox stayed at home on Seattle, fearing the possible guilty verdict.
The judge sentenced Knox to 28 years in prison, while Sollecito was sentenced to 25 years. It is not clear whether the Italian court will try to extradite Knox from the U.S. or whether the U.S. would comply with an extradition. The case may or may not fall under the U.S. system of double jeopardy, which does not allow an individual to be tried twice for the same crime.
There is likely to be a Supreme Court appeal in Italy and that may not happen until 2015, so it will be at least a year before the question of extradition will be addressed.
Amanda Knox was an exchange student living with her British roommate Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy, when Kercher was murdered. Knox, along with her then boyfriend Sollecito, was accused of the murder and convicted, in spite of the lack of evidence.
A third suspect, Rudy Guede, was found guilty and is currently serving his sentence.
The sensational story was recounted in the Lifetime TV movie "Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy," which premiered in 2011. Lifetime TV movie Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy causes controversy
The case brings up a number of issues, including the difference in court systems and evidentury proceedings in foreign countries and the dangers of being locked up abroad.