An Italian court has pronounced US student Amanda Knox guilty of murder and sentenced her in absentia to 28 years and six months in prison in what she condemned as an "unjust verdict".
Chief judge Alessandro Nencini read out the ruling to a stunned silence in the Florence courtroom and Knox's lawyers immediately said they would appeal in the high-profile and long-running case.
"I am frightened and saddened by this unjust verdict. Having been found innocent before, I expected better from the Italian justice system," Knox said in a statement from her home in Seattle.
"This has gotten o...