updated 01/30/2014 AT 5:00 PM ET
•originally published 01/30/2014 AT 4:25 PM ET
Amanda Knox has been convicted of murdering her British roommate in a second appeals trial that concluded in Florence on Thursday.
Knox’s former Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, has also been found guilty once again for the 2007 slaying of Meredith Kercher.
Knox has been sentenced to 28 ½ years in prison, according to CNN. Sollecito’s sentence is 25 years.
Knox, who is now 26 and a student at the University of Washington in Seattle, is not likely to return to Italy to serve her new sentence, since U.S. law prevents a person from being tried twice on the same charge, a legal expert told CNN.
Italy’s highest court had ordered a new trial for Knox and Sollecito after the pair were acquitted in 2011. The Court of Cassation said the acquittal was full of “deficiencies, contradictions and illogical” conclusions.
Knox did not return to Italy for the trial, nor was she compelled by law to do so.