Italy’s highest court has announced its decision to uphold the murder conviction against Amanda Knox.
After several hours of deliberation, two judges and six jurors found Knox and her ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, guilty in the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher.
The conviction will likely lead to long legal battles over Knox’s extradition from the United States to Italy.
Knox was sentenced to 28 years in prison and Sollecito was sentenced to 25 years.
This trial is the fourth time Knox has faced a verdict on the murder of Kercher, who was her British roommate and fellow exchange student in Italy.
The two were initially convicted and sentenced for the crime only to be acquitted in a second, highly sensationalized trial in 2011.
At the recommendation of her attorney, Knox stayed home in Seattle to await the outcome of the trial. She has not posted on her blog or Twitter since earlier in the month.
Meredith Kercher was found dead on Nov. 1, 2007 in her apartment. Her throat was cut. She was 21.
A third party, Rudy Guede, is already severing 16 years in prison for Kercher murder.