Amanda Knox watched the guilty verdict come in on Thursday via an Italian news station online. She listened as the court deemed her guilty, while she translated the news to her family, who was sitting around her.
You kind of have to live under a rock to have not heard of this case. Amanda was first convicted of murdering her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, in Perugia, Italy, in 2007. She was sentenced to 24 years in an Italian prison, and after serving four years of that sentence, an appeals court overturned her conviction in 2011. She then traveled back to her hometown in Seattle, Washington, where she has remained since. Meanwhile, the prosecutors appealed that verdict, and another trial was granted.
On Thursday, Amanda was again found guilty of murder, and sentenced to 28 years in prison.
This morning, Amanda spoke with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, and said the news hit her “like a train.”
Amanda’s ex-boyfriend and co-defendant, Raffaele Sollecito, was taken to an Italian police station overnight and his passport was stamped in a way that would prevent him from leaving the country. He had been in Italy, attending parts of the trial. He was also found guilty again on Thursday and received a 25 year sentence.
When asked about Raffaele, Amanda told GMA that he is vulnerable and she isn’t sure what she would do if he was imprisoned.
So what happens next? The case will go to the Italian Supreme Court, where they will review the verdict. If the verdict is upheld, there’s a chance the U.S. may extradite her back to Italy so she can serve her sentence. Since Raffaele is already in Italy, he may be taken into custody immediately after.
I’ll post any updates below.