An appeals court in Italy has upheld a guilty verdict against Amanda Knox. She is convicted of murdering her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, in 2007.
At the time, Knox was a University of Washington student participating in a study abroad program in Perugia, Italy.
The Italian court sentenced Knox today to 28 and a half years in prison. She issued a statement from Seattle saying that the verdict is unjust and the court does not have enough evidence against her.
Ann Bremner is a Seattle-based attorney familiar with the case. She says Knox is really concerned about her future.
"Now that there's a conviction it's just going to have to be something she's going to have to continue to fight. She said it's like she's been crawling on a bed of nails and then she has to get up and do it again," Bremner says.
Today's verdict reinstates a previous guilty verdict that was handed down in 2009. In 2011 that ruling was overturned, but the case was later appealed.
Knox's lawyers say she will again appeal the case to Italy’s highest court. That process could take at least another year.
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