Amanda Knox Released From Prison; Prosecution to Appeal Not Guilty Verdict

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After four years in an Italian jail, 24-year-old American Amanda Knox boarded a British Airways flight with her family at Rome's Leonardo Da Vinci Airport late Tuesday.

Knox is free following yesterday's not guilty verdict.

Amanda and then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted of killing Meredith Kercher in 2007, but their 2009 convictions were appealed and overturned in a Perugia, Italy, court Monday after an emotional plea from Knox.

Before leaving, Knox thanked the court and her supporters.

Expressing gratitude for those "who shared my suffering and helped me survive with hope," Amanda singled out the Italy-U.S. Foundation, which seeks to promote ties between the countries and supported Knox throughout her ordeal.

"Those who wrote, those who defended me," she wrote. "I love you, Amanda."

Not even two hours after the verdict, she was free and en route to Seattle.

What looms ahead for Amanda Knox remains to be seen, however.

The prosecution, which painted her as a monster and sought to extend Knox's prison term from 26 years to life, says it will appeal Monday's decision.

The BCC notes that it seems quite unlikely Knox would be extradited back to Italy from the U.S. for a retrial, even after Monday night's stunning verdict.

Public outcry against Amanda's imprisonment and key DNA evidence that was found to be unreliable proved instrumental in overturning her conviction.

It looks as though she's free for good. How she responds to it and whether she will be able to lead a healthy, productive life after this is another story.

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