Despite the depiction of Knox and Sollecito as cold blooded, casual killers, the report notes that the murderers covered Kercher's lifeless body with a blanket.
"The behavior toward Meredith after the violence and the murder, covering up her lifeless body, shows not only a feeling of pity towards the victim, but also a refusal and hence a sort of remorse for what was committed: refusal and remorse entrusted to this gesture of pity," the judge wrote.
The prosecution argued during the 15 month long trial that there was tension between Knox and Kercher, with Kercher complaining about Knox's cleanliness and her sex life. Prosecutors argued that things came to a head when the British girl suggested that Knox had stolen money from her, and Knox lashed out at what prosecutors said was her "prissy" roommate."
Prosecutors said Kercher was sexually assaulted before Knox attack slashed her throat with a kitchen knife.
The judges seemed to believe that Knox was a good kid who was overwhelmed by her situation of being so far from home.
The judges noted that "no witnesses reported any violent behavior" towards anyone on the part of the defendants, that Knox and Sollecito were good students who took on "the extra weight of a job, in addition to that of studying and attending classes."
"Both defendants are very young, and were even more so at the time of the crime," the judges wrote. "The inexperience and immaturity of their young age was accentuated by the context in which both found themselves, because it was different from that in which they had grown up, and without the usual points of reference that could have afforded support, comfort and supervision in their daily life."
In addition to the murder charge, Knox was also convicted of falsely accusing Patrick Lumumba, her boss at a Perugia bar where she worked, of taking part in the murder. The slander conviction added a year to Knox's murder sentence.
Knox, the judges write, "freely accused Patrick Diya Lumumba of killing Meredith, and accused him knowing that Lumumba was innocent."
Knox's family has argued that Italian police found a text message Knox sent to Lumumba on the night that Kercher was killed that read, "see you later." They interpreted the American slang for "so long" as an appointment to see Lumumba later that night, Knox's parents said.
Knox was badgered and hit in the head by police until she allowed that she had a vision that she was at the apartment when Kercher was murdered and that Lumumba was there too. She later signed a statement to that effect.
During her trial, Knox said she was not allowed to speak to a lawyer during her night-long interrogation and had insisted that she was badgered into making inaccurate statements.
Knox and Sollecito claimed that they spent the night of the murder together at Sollecito's apartment where they watched a movie, smoked pot and had sex.
Knox's parents, Curt Knox and Edda Mellas, told Oprah Winfrey last month that their daughter has good days and bad in prison. The worst, Curt Knox said, was the day he had to hold his daughter as she cried for the entire 45 minute visit.
On other days, she is "bubbly," and spends part of her days studying languages in a correspondence course created for her by the University of Washington, which she was attending at the time of her arrest.
The Knox family gathers at their Seattle home every Saturday for the brief phone call home that Knox is allowed to make.