Amanda Knox Says She Will 'Never Willingly Go Back' to Italy
(NEW YORK) -- A clearly emotional Amanda Knox said Friday morning that she "couldn't believe what I was hearing" as she watched the Italian court declare her guilty of murder and sentence her to more than 28 years in prison.
"It really hit me like a train," she told Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts in an exclusive interview. "I did not expect this to happen. I really expected so much more from the Italian justice system. They found me innocent once before."
Knox's voice quavered and she paused at times as she struggled to maintain her composure.
"I will never go willingly back to the place where...I’m going to fight this to the very end. It’s not right and it’s not fair," she said.
Knox spent four years in an Italian prison after being convicted of the murder of her English roommate Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy, where they were both studying in 2007.
She was freed when an appeals court threw out the conviction in 2011, but Italy's supreme court ordered the case retried and an appeals court found her guilty Thursday. The court sentenced Knox to 28 years and six months in prison.
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