Amanda Knox Sentenced with 26 Years for Murder

US student Amanda Knox was sentenced by an Italian court for 26 years imprisonment for the murder of fellow student and roommate Meredith Kercher (pictured) last 2007. They were students at the University for Foreigners in Perugia, Italy.meredith-kercher-amanda-knox-murder

Knox was convicted alongside her boyfriend at the time Raffaele Sollecito who got a 25-year sentence. A third player, Rude Guede, was convicted in October 2008 for 30 years.

Kercher was found half-naked at the crime scene. The British student was stabbed at the neck and was supposedly been taunted, tortured and sexually attacked by both Knox and Sollecito. Knox is suspected to have plunged the knife to Kercher’s throat. The evidence used for convicting was the DNA of Sollecito found in a bra clasp as well as DNA in the murder weapon which was found in Sollecito’s kitchen.

The couple will have to pay 5 million Euros to the family of the victim. Knox will also pay 40,000 Euros to Patrick Diya Lumumba, the man she accused to be the murderer and who was arrested alongside Knox and Sollecito in 2007. Lumumba was released a year later after he was exonerated.