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Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were once again found guilty of killing British student Meredith Kercher on Thursday!
A judge has now sentenced Amanda to 28 years behind bars!
This new verdict comes less than three years after both Knox and Sollecito were acquitted of the murder and released from an Italian prison after serving four years!
Now living in Seattle, Amanda spoke out today about the court’s new decision, admitting that the verdict has left her frightened!
Amanda said in a statement:
"I am frightened and saddened by this unjust verdict. Having been found innocent before, I expected better from the Italian justice system.”
Knox’s lawyers have stressed that they will appeal any guilty verdict to the Supreme Court. Amanda has also vowed to fight extradition back to Italy, saying she’d rather be a fugitive than return to a cell overseas.
Read Amanda’s entire statement, including her message to the Kercher family below.
"First and foremost it must be recognized that there is no consolation for the Kercher family. Their grief over Meredith's terrible murder will follow them forever. They deserve respect and support.
I am frightened and saddened by this unjust verdict. Having been found innocent before, I expected better from the Italian justice system. The evidence and accusatory theory do not justify a verdict of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Rather, nothing has changed. There has always been a marked lack of evidence. My family and I have suffered greatly from this wrongful persecution.
This has gotten out of hand. Most troubling is that it was entirely preventable. I beseech those with the knowledge and authority to address and remediate the problems that worked to pervert the course of justice and waste the valuable resources of the system: overzealous and intransigent prosecution, prejudiced and narrow-minded investigation, unwillingness to admit mistake, reliance on unreliable testimony and evidence, character assassination, inconsistent and unfounded accusatory theory, and counterproductive and coercive interrogation techniques that produce false confessions and inaccurate statements.
Clearly a wrongful conviction is horrific for the wrongfully accused, but it is also terribly bad for the victim, their surviving family, and society."
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