News

Amanda Knox Verdict Guilty: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

(Getty)

(Getty)

Today an Italian court found 26-year-old American Amanda Knox guilty of the murder of her roommate when she lived in Italy in 2007. Knox, along with her then boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted in the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher. Kercher’s body was found with knife wounds on her neck in the room she shared with Knox in Perugia, Italy.

The victim Meredith Kercher. (Wikipedia)

The victim Meredith Kercher. (Wikipedia)

Here is what you need to know about Knox’s conviction:


1. She is Sentenced to 28 Years and 6 Months in Prison

An Italian judge found Knox guilty of murder today and sentenced her to 28 years and 6 months, much longer than her original 2009 sentencing of 26 years in prison.

Today marks Knox’s second conviction, overturning the innocent verdict she received in a 2011 retrial.

Amanda Knox Retrial: Top 10 Facts You Need to Know

Italy's highest court announced on Tuesday that Amanda Knox will be retried for the murder of her roommate, Meredith Kercher.

Click here to read more

2. She Was Found Guilty & Innocent of Murder During an Alleged ‘Satanic Orgy’

October 2011, Amanda Knox breaks down in tears after hearing the verdict that overturns her conviction and acquits her of murder. (Getty)

October 2011, Amanda Knox breaks down in tears after hearing the verdict that overturns her conviction and acquits her of murder. (Getty)

After the prolonged trial that follow the 2007 killing of British student Meredith Kercher, Knox was found guilty of murder an sentenced to 26 year in prison in 2009. After a lengthy appeals process, Knox was declared innocent of all charges and freed from Italian prison October 2011.

The appeal was given credence due to a reexamination of the DNA evidence, reported the New York Times in on October 2, 2011. Knox’s lawyer argued that there may have been enough contamination in the evidence to cast away any certainty in the case.

WATCH: Amanda Knox Talks Verdict on ‘Good Morning America’

Today Amanda Knox went on Good Morning America to interview the guilty verdict leveled against her for murder by an Italian court.

Click here to read more

3. She Resides in the United States

(Getty)

(Getty)

After her 2011 release from an Italian prison, Knox was able to go home to Seattle for the first time since before her 2007 arrest.

She was safely home in Seattle when a new appeal came in March 2013. Today that successfully proved the DNA evidence rejected in the 2011 appeal was actually valid and permissible in court.


4. Her Italian Ex-Boyfriend was Sentenced to 26 Years in Prison

FLORENCE, ITALY - JANUARY 30: Raffaele Sollecito arrives at the Nuovo Palazzo di Giustizia courthouse of Florence for the final verdict of the Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito retrial on January 30, 2014 in Florence, Italy. (Getty)

FLORENCE, ITALY – JANUARY 30: Raffaele Sollecito arrives at the Nuovo Palazzo di Giustizia courthouse of Florence for the final verdict of the Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito retrial on January 30, 2014 in Florence, Italy. (Getty)

Italian native and Knox’s boyfriend while she lived in Italy Raffaele Sollecito was also sentenced today in the killing of Kercher. He was sentenced to 26 years, one year more than his original 2009 sentencing of 25 years.

Sellecito has been deem a flight right, according to the Guardian, and his passport has been revoked.


5. She Cannot Go Back to the EU

(Getty)

(Getty)

Because Amanda Knox will not be required to return to Italy by the U.S. government, she will remain a free woman in Seattle. However, there are a number of way Knox may yet see the inside of an Italian prison.

If she should ever go back to Italy or the European Union, Knox could be very easily arrested and brought to Italy to serve time. Likewise, if the case goes to a higher appeals court in Italy, the nation could be a position to formally request extradition from the United States back to Italy.

WATCH: Amanda Knox Talks Verdict on ‘Good Morning America’

Today Amanda Knox went on Good Morning America to interview the guilty verdict leveled against her for murder by an Italian court.

Click here to read more

Win a $1,000 Christmas Amazon shopping spree

Join Heavy's daily email newsletter and Askmen's newsletter to enter to win a $1,000 Christmas Shopping Spree on Amazon
Read the sweepstakes rules here.

Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 956 other followers