Amanda Knox guilty of murdering Meredith Kercher, gets 28 years

Amanda Knox in 2011. Picture: REUTERS

Amanda Knox in 2011. Picture: REUTERS

An Italian court has found American Amanda Knox guilty of the murder of British student and sentenced her to 28 years and six months in jail.

Her accomplice, Raffaele Sollecito, was convicted and sentenced to 25 years.

Knox and Sollecito spent four years in prison for the murder of Leeds University exchange student Meredith Kercher, who was found with multiple stab wounds and her throat slit in the house she shared with Knox in the town of Perugia in central Italy.

The two were acquitted in 2011 but the supreme court overturned that ruling in 2013, sending the case back for re-trial as Italy does not have laws against "double jeopardy" -prosecuting someone for a crime of which he or she had been acquitted.

The verdict might still not be the final word in the long-running case as the defence has the right to appeal again to the supreme court.

Knox did not travel to Italy for the trial and experts doubt she could ever be extradited back to Italy, but the Seattle resident may not be able to travel freely outside the United States if Italy issues a warrant for her arrest.

AFP

Murdered British student Meredith Kercher. Picture: GETTY

Murdered British student Meredith Kercher. Picture: GETTY

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