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Amanda Knox’s murder conviction upheld on appeal

An Italian court upheld guilty verdicts against Raphael Sollecito, shown Thursday, and American Amanda Knox.
An Italian court upheld guilty verdicts against Raphael Sollecito, shown Thursday, and American Amanda Knox.EPA

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FLORENCE — An appeals court in Florence on Thursday upheld the guilty verdict against US student Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend for the 2007 murder of her British roommate. Knox was sentenced to 28½ years in prison, raising the specter of a long legal battle over her extradition if the conviction is confirmed.

Lawyers for Knox and her codefendant, Raphael Sollecito, vowed to appeal to Italy’s highest court, a process that will take at least another year and drag out a legal saga that has divided court watchers in three nations.

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