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Italian court finds Amanda Knox, Raffaele Sollecito guilty of murder again

An Italian court found Amanda Knox guilty again for the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher.
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An Italian appeals court determined on Jan. 30. 2014 that Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito are guilty of the 2007 murder of British Student Meredith Kercher, according to Fox News.

The court sentenced Knox to 28 ½ years behind bars for the crime.

Knox was convicted in Dec. 2009 of the 2007 killing of Meredith, 21, with whom she shared a cottage in Italy. The American student was initially sentenced to 26 years behind bars in an Italian prison.

View slideshow: Photos regarding the Amanda Knox case, including evidence and key players

Also found guilty of participating in the murder was Sollecito, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison, and drifter Rudy Guede who had his initial 30-year sentence reduced to 16 during an appeal.

In Oct. 2011, a panel of judges overturned both Knox and Sollecito’s convictions and acquitted the two of murder.

View slideshow: Photos of Raffaele Sollecito and His Alleged Girlfriend Annie Achille

Knox and Sollecito were released from prison and she subsequently returned to her hometown of Seattle, Wash., while he remained in Italy. Knox has not returned to Italy since.

On March 26, 2013, Italy’s highest court overturned Knox and Sollecito’s acquittals and a new murder trial began in September.

Knox will not likely be extradited to Italy to serve out her new sentence due to U.S. law that prohibits a person from being tried for the same crime twice, according to CNN.

Fox reports that when Knox heard the news of the court ruling, she said, “my heart is in my throat.”

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