(CNN) - An Italian court has upheld the guilty verdict of Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaelle Sollecito. The court found the two guilty of the gruesome murder of Knox's roommate, 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher.
The court deliberated for almost 12 hours.
"I am frightened and saddened by this unjust verdict," Knox said in a statement obtained by several media outlets. "Having been found innocent before, I expected better from the Italian justice system. The evidence and accusatory theory do not justify a verdict of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt."
In 2009, Knox and Sollecito were convicted of guilty of sexually assaulting and stabbing Kercher to death. The sentence: more than two decades behind bars.
But an appellate court later overturned the conviction due to a lack of evidence.
After four years behind bars, Knox was free and back in the U.S.
However, Italy's Supreme Court found the acquittal full of deficiencies and contradictions, and ordered a fresh appeals trial.
The ruling outraged Knox's most ardent supporters.
Unlike the first two trials, Knox has never seen the inside of this court room; she's watching it all from her home in Seattle.
She told CNN that she's afraid to return to Italy.
While Knox stayed away, Sollecito - an Italian native- made several court appearances, including an almost tearful plea for his freedom.
Kercher's siblings have not commented on the verdict. Before the verdict came down, Lyle Kercher told a local reporter he would find it hard to forgive those who murdered his sister.
"When I read reports, I find myself skimming past the sections that describe what actually happened to her, because it is so horrific and I think anybody would need to just read in detail or know what happened to her to question themselves - could they ever forgive somebody who did that to their sister or daughter?" he said.
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