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Amanda Knox is free: Italian Supreme Court overturns her conviction ending an eight year ordeal

Amanda Knox is free.

The Italian Supreme Court overturned a convction against her, meaning she will not face extradition or serve the 28 year sentence in the case that had accused her and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito of murdering British student Meredith Kercher.

Knox and Sollecito were originally sentenced in 2009 be were later acquitted in a subsequent trial in 2011. Rudy Guede was arrested for the crime and was later sentenced to 16 years for his role in the murder.

Knox returned to Seattle. She pursued an education at the University of Washington where she studied writing and later came to work for the West Seattle Herald as a freelance writer.

The Knox family released a statement:

"We want to express our profound gratitude to all of those who have supported Amanda and our family. Countless people -- from world-renowned DNA experts to former FBI agents to everyday citizens committed to justice -- have spoken about her innocence. We are thrilled with and grateful for today's decision from the Supreme Court of Italy. And we are grateful beyond measure for all that so many of you have done for her."

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