Amanda Knox will fight the reinstated guilty verdict against her and an ex-boyfriend in the 2007 slaying of a British roommate in Italy and vowed to “never go willingly” to face her fate in that country’s judicial system, reports the Associated Press. “I’m going to fight this to the very end,” she told ABC’s “Good Morning America. Knox was caught off guard by the decision of the Italian court. “It hit me like a train. I didn’t expect this to happen. They found me innocent before; how could they?”
Knox remained in Seattle during the trial. She said in a written statement that she was “frightened and saddened,” she “expected better from the Italian justice system,” and “this has gotten out of hand.” The University of Washington student was sentenced to 28½ years in prison, raising the possibility of a long legal battle over her extradition. Knox, 26, said she and her family “have suffered greatly from this wrongful persecution.” The court reinstated a guilty verdict first handed down against Knox and Raffaele Sollecito in 2009. The verdict was overturned in 2011, but Italy’s supreme court vacated that decision and sent the case back for a third trial in Florence.