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Amanda Knox: 'I will never go willingly back'

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) - Amanda Knox says she'll never willingly go back to Italy to face a 28½-year prison sentence for a murder conviction that was upheld by an Italian court.

She made the comments on ABC's "Good Morning America," on Friday, a day after her guilty verdict was reinstated.

Speaking to Robin Roberts, the 26-year-old University of Washington student said she would "fight this to the very end." She said the court's decision was unfair, considering she previously had been cleared.

Italy's supreme court reinstated the guilty verdict first handed down against her and an ex-boyfriend in 2009 in the slaying of a British roommate, Meredith Kercher.

The verdict was overturned in 2011, but the court vacated that decision and sent the case back for a third trial in Florence.

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Police have found Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend at a hotel near Italy's border with Slovenia and Austria after he and the American student were convicted for a second time in the death of British student Meredith Kercher.

The cabinet chief of the Udine police station, Giovanni Belmonte, said police showed up at about 1 a.m. Friday at a hotel in Venzone, about 40 kilometers from the border, where Sollecito and his current girlfriend were staying. They took him to the Udine police station, took his passport and put a stamp in his Italian identity papers showing that he cannot leave the country. He will be freed later, Belmonte said.

The court in Florence on Thursday upheld the conviction against Knox and Sollecito. It did not immediately order Sollecito's arrest.

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Amanda Knox says a decision by Italian courts to reinstate a guilty verdict against her "hit me like a train."

Speaking to Robin Roberts on ABC's "Good Morning America," Knox said Friday that the decision was "not right" and "not fair."

An Italian court on Thursday reinstated a guilty verdict first handed down against her and an ex-boyfriend in 2009 in the slaying of a British roommate. The verdict was overturned in 2011, but Italy's supreme court vacated that decision and sent the case back for a third trial in Florence.

The 26-year-old University of Washington student says she will never willingly go back to Italy and vowed to "fight this until the very end."

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