Transcript for ARCHIVAL VIDEO: Amanda Knox Sentenced 26 Years in 2009
Late today a 22 year old American student Amanda Knox was found guilty in Italy of murdering her British roommate. She was immediately sentenced to 26 years in an Italian prison. Prosecutors accused Knox her boyfriend and a third man of sexually assaulting and then killing Meredith Pritchard. After an argument Elizabeth Vargas is in Perugia Italy and joins us tonight with news of the verdict Elizabeth. Charlie the jury deliberated nearly eleven hours before giving its verdict tonight to the it was delivered to a courtroom that was jam packed with media and press from around the world both the US in Europe. This case has sparked international headlines in deep controversy over the evidence. As the verdict was read a crowd outside the courtroom burst into cheers. Inside the courtroom Amanda Knox and her family began to sob. It was more than two years ago that Amanda Knox came to Perugia fulfilling her dream to study Italian. A dream shared by here British roommate Meredith curvature. But two months later searcher was brutally murdered in her bedroom and within days. Knox and her new Italian boyfriend roughly LA so late she tow were arrested. The Italian and British press vilified Knox calling her behavior immediately after the murder unemotional. And inappropriate. At the trial to different portraits of Knox emerged. The prosecution called the 22 year old as she double. The defense an exuberant young woman in capable of murder. Prosecutors rested their case without ever explaining how Knox could have killed her roommate without leaving us back a DNA in the small bedroom. Where the murder took place. That same room was covered with DNA from the victim and a third man Rudy did day two was already been convicted of the crime could Amanda and Roth Diane Lane had been in there and stabbed her and not left. Impossible when you're involved with someone and violence stronger especially when there's a laudable involve the death and while. You can you leave evidence they're in you take evidence with you. For the past two years Knox is parents have shuttled back and forth to Perugia from Seattle. Tonight they learned their ordeal was far from over. We don't stop. I mean you know at any karat noble inherently does they're innocent child in a foreign jail. I think it's very important also keep that light at the end of the tunnel for emotionally. So that she knows that mirrors she's gonna get out of there fastest when it happens. Amanda Knox is Stanley does plan to appeal this guilty verdict and of course a sentence of 26 years but within moments. Knox was whisked out of the court in away from our family and taken in a van that just passed just moments ago sirens blaring. Back to the prison in Perugia that is better home now Charlie for two years. And Elizabeth I'm curious in the Italian justice system is 26 years Harden fast when he six years. Or is there a chance for an earlier release. There is a chance of parole there is also the chance that the US government may work out a deal where she can serve that sentence here in the United States are back in the United States that that would have to be with an agreement that she serve the entire sentence all right Elizabeth Vargas and rouge it'll.
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