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Knox 'frightened and saddened' by conviction

'Expected better', US student says after 28-year sentence

30 January, 22:47
Knox 'frightened and saddened' by conviction (ANSA) - Rome, January 30 - Amanda Knox said she was "frightened and saddened by this unjust verdict" after being sentenced to 28 years for the 2007 murder of her Perugia flatmate Meredith Kercher.

Know, who remained in her hometown of Seattle for the appeals trial, watched the verdict with her family on TV. "Having been found innocent before, I expected better from the Italian justice system," she said in a statement. "My family and I have suffered greatly from this wrongful persecution," she said. Knox added that the verdict "is no consolation for the Kercher family".

"This has gotten out of hand," she said. Knox, whose Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito got 25 years, blamed her conviction on "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." The prison sentence was fours years longer than the 24 years she got at her first trial in 2009.

Judges said two and a half years were added on because of her libel of a local bar owner she initially fingered, Patrik Lumumba.

Knox could not be re-arrested but Italy may request her extradition.

Judges said Sollecito would not be immediately arrested, but police would confiscate his passport so he could not leave the country. The 2009 conviction was overturned two years later and the pair freed but the supreme court later sent the case back to the appeals stage to re-examine what it said was neglected evidence.