Amanda Knox Found Guilty, Won't Go Back 'Willingly'

Court in Italy upholds her conviction, but fight over extradition now looms
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2014 3:08 PM CST
Meredith Kercher's brother Lyle and sister Stephanie after the verdict.   (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
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(Newser) Amanda Knox has been found guilty once again in the murder of former roommate Meredith Kercher in Italy, reports ABC News. Even if she loses on appeal, it's doubtful Knox will wind up behind bars again. She chose not to return to Italy for the trial and continues to insist from Seattle that she's innocent. A lengthy legal battle over her possible extradition is sure to ensue, reports AP. A legal analyst tells CNN that it's unlikely the US would send her back.

The appeals court also reinstated the guilty verdict of Knox's former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito. Knox got a sentence of 28½ years, and Sollecito got 25 years. Both served more than 4 years in prison before their initial convictions were overturned. In a statement, Knox said she was "frightened and saddened" by the verdict." Earlier in the week, she told the Guardian that she would not "willingly" go back to Italy. "They'll have to catch me and pull me back kicking and screaming into a prison that I don't deserve to be in. I will fight for my innocence." (Read more Amanda Knox stories.)

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