Victim's family satisfied with Amanda Knox guilty verdict

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    Perugia, Italy (CNN) -- Family members of Meredith Kercher said Saturday that they were satisfied with the verdict that found American Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, guilty in the fatal knifing of their loved one.

    "Ultimately we are pleased with the decision," said Lyle Kercher, Meredith's brother. "But it was not a moment of celebration. We are here because our sister was brutally murdered."

    Knox was given a 26-year sentence; Sollecito was sentenced to 25 years Friday for the murder of Kercher. Both will appeal, attorneys said.

    The two were found not guilty of theft, a charge filed because 300 euros (about $444) of Kercher's allegedly was missing.

    Arline Kercher, Meredith's mother, said she believes the two are guilty.

    "You have to go with the evidence," she said.

    Knox's lead defense attorney, Luciano Ghirga, said when he met with his client Saturday morning, she was angry and continued to proclaim her innocence.

    He told CNN the situation has been a trying experience, and Knox hardly slept last night after the verdict. She was consoled by the other prisoners, who managed get her a cup of warm milk, Ghirga said.

    Knox and Sollecito were charged with murder and sexual violence in Kercher's death in November 2007. Knox and Kercher, both studying abroad, were roommates. A third suspect was found guilty in a separate trial.

    Learn how the murder case played out

    The two were convicted on all charges except theft and together must pay 5 million euros ($7.4 million) to the victim's family. In addition, Knox must pay 40,000 euros ($60,000) to a man whom she falsely accused of the killing.

    The jury reached its verdict after deliberating nearly 11 hours on the 11 counts.

    Prosecutors had asked for a sentence of life in prison. Italy does not have the death penalty.

    Take a look at the evidence against Knox

    The Kercher family made statements at a packed news conference in Perugia, their first public comments since the highly publicized convictions.

    In a written statement Friday, Knox's parents said they were "extremely disappointed" with the verdict.

    "While we always knew this was a possibility, we find it difficult to accept this verdict when we know that she is innocent, and that the prosecution has failed to explain why there is no evidence of Amanda in the room where Meredith was so horribly and tragically murdered," they said.

    The victim's sister, Stephanie Kercher, talked about the grief her family experiences.

    "Our lives have been on hold really. You can't really carry on as normal. You have to take each day as it comes," she said.

    "Luckily, we have had support from a huge number of people -- close friends and family, and people all over the world. We can just hope that strength continues and do the best we can. It's not ever going to be the same without [Meredith]."
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    Mar 26,`13 -- British exchange student Meredith Kercher, 21, was found dead, half-naked and in a pool of blood in the apartment she shared with Amanda Knox and two Italian roommates in the Italian university town of Perugia on Nov. 2, 2007. She died of a stab wound to the neck.
     

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