“Upset” Amanda Knox Gets Visit From Family After Guilty Verdict
The 22-year-old American college student is visited by family after being convicted of murder by an Italian jury.
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After being found guilty of murder and sentenced to 26 years in prison, 22-year-old Amanda Knox is said to be distraught over the outcome of the trial that inspired two Dateline specials and generated a media circus in Italy and around the world.
Along with two friends who also received sentences of over 25 years, the American college student was convicted of sexually harassing and murdering her former roommate, Meredith Kurcher, in their apartment in 2007 in Perugia, Italy where the two girls were studying abroad.
Knox’s family members, who were reportedly shocked by the outcome, visited her on her first day in prison.
“Amanda like the rest is extremely disappointed, upset about the decision,” Knox’s mother, Edda Mellas, said after the visit to the prison. “We told her that she’s gonna get out of here. It’s gonna take a little longer.”
The family is hoping to appeal the verdict; however, the victim’s relatives told the press that they were happy with the Italian jury’s decision, claiming that justice had been served.
Said, John Kercher, Jr., one of Meredith’s brothers: “Meredith still leaves a big hole in our lives and her presence is missed every time we meet up as a family.” (Fox News)