Amanda Knox

December 6, 2009 by USA Post 

Amanda Knox,Perugia, Italy (CNN) — Family members of Meredith Kercher said Saturday they were satisfied with the verdict that found American Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, guilty of the fatal knifing of the British student.

“Ultimately we are pleased with the decision,” said Lyle Kercher, Meredith Kercher’s brother. “But it was not a moment of celebration. We are here because our sister was brutally murdered.”

The victim’s sister, Stephanie Kercher, talked Friday about her family’s grief.

“Our lives have been on hold, really. You can’t really carry on as normal,” she said. “You have to take each day as it comes. It’s not ever going to be the same without [Meredith].”

Knox and Sollecito were found guilty of murder Friday after a lengthy, sensational trial. Knox was given a 26-year sentence; Sollecito was sentenced to 25 years. Both will appeal, attorneys said.

Knox and Sollecito were convicted on all charges except theft. The pair was accused of staging a theft to cover up the killing. Authorities said 300 euros (about $444) was discovered missing from Kercher’s purse.

The pair must pay 5 million euros ($7.4 million) to Kercher’s family. In addition, Knox must pay 40,000 euros (nearly $60,000) to a man whom she falsely accused of the killing.

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