Amanda Knox was found guilty of murder today by an Italian court, the latest twist in a murder case that goes back to 2007.
The judge sentenced Knox to 28 years in prison. Her former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and co-defendant was sentenced to 25 years.
The prison sentence was even stiffer than her first sentence in 2009 when she was given a 24 year prison sentence.
The prosecutor had asked for a 26 year prison term for the murder for Knox and Sollecito, plus another four years for Knox on a related libel conviction.
Amanda Knox Legal Drama Through the Years Two Italian judges and six jurors began deliberations about 10 a.m. today and emerged at 4 p.m. ET to announce their conclusion.
This is the fourth time Knox faced a verdict on the 2007 murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher while they were roommates in Perugia, Italy. Knox, now 26, and Sollecito, 29, were convicted in 2009. After serving four years in prison they were freed in 2011 when an appeals court threw out the murder conviction. But Italy's supreme court ordered another appeals court to rehear the case.
Kercher's sister Stephanie and brother Lyle were in the courtroom for the verdict.
Knox, who is sporting a new, short haircut, remained in her hometown of Seattle for the latest trial. Sollecito was in court today earlier today, but was not present for the verdict.
On the day the deliberations began, an Italian journalist who is writing a book about the murder wrote that Knox has given him a letter addressed to the Kercher family to be given to the Kerchers if they are willing to accept it.
Roberto Costantini wrote in Corriere della Sera today that he spoke with Meredith Kercher's sister Stephanie several days ago about the letter.
He quoted Stephanie Kercher replying to the offer of the letter, "I will have to think. I don’t know, but today I don’t want to read it because I do not feel the need to speak with her now.”