Alessandro Nencini, the president of the Florence, Italy appeals court, which reinstated the murder conviction against Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, spoke out on Jan. 31, 2014 about the verdicts, hinting at reasons for the controversial rulings, according to The Independent.
Judge Nencini also said the court had determined there was a motivation for Meredith’s killing and noted that reasons behind the new verdicts would surface when the judgment is published within the next few months.
He also stated, “…all I can say is that at 20.15 that night, they had different plans; then these were ditched and the occasion [to commit the crime] was created… If Amanda had gone to work she probably wouldn’t be here now. There were coincidences and on this we have developed our reasoning. We realize this will be the most controversial part.”
On Jan. 30, 2014, the court sentenced Knox to 28 ½ years behind bars for the crime, while Sollecito was sentenced to 25.
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.
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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.
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.
Sollecito was detained on Jan. 31 near Austria by Italian police. He has subsequently said he was not trying to leave the country, but had crossed the border with his girlfriend and had returned to Italy to spend the night at a hotel in the mountains, reports the Irish Independent.