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Students react: Amanda Knox found guilty

American students studying abroad in Italy reflect on the surprising verdict and what it might mean to other exchange students.

American university student Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito are escorted into a courtroom during their murder trial session in Perugia, Dec. 3, 2009. (Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters)

ROME, Italy — After an 11-month trial, a jury found American exchange student Amanda Knox guilty. Since that verdict came down late Friday night, opinions have been raging in the press, online and on college campuses.

The jury announced a 26-year sentence for Knox and 25 years for her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, both of whom were found guilty in connection with the gruesome murder of Knox’s roommate, Meredith Kercher, in 2007.

At Loyola University Chicago's Rome Center, American students studying abroad in Italy reflected on the surprising verdict and what it might mean to other exchange students.

 Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the length of the trial.

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