Amanda Knox is planning her future with the man she loves. The 27-year-old Seattle resident — who spent four years in an Italian prison, accused of murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher in 2007 — is engaged to marry musician Colin Sutherland, the Seattle Times reported on Wednesday, Feb. 11.
According to columnist Jonathan Martin, who has covered Knox’s complicated (and still ongoing) legal battle over the last several years, Knox and her fiance have known each other since middle school. He recently moved from New York to Knox’s hometown of Seattle, where she returned after being released from prison in 2011.
Knox confirmed the engagement in an email to Martin. She “declined to say anything else,” he notes in his column, but Sutherland apparently wrote to her while she was in prison.
As has been extensively reported, Knox and ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted of Kercher’s murder after a headline-making trial in 2009. Both appealed from behind bars and were found not guilty in 2011, at which time she was released and returned to the U.S. However, a retrial in 2014 resulted in a second murder conviction — and a sentence of 28 years in prison for Knox, who is still in the States and would have to be extradited back to Italy to serve time.
“It really hit me like a train,” she told Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts in January 2014 of her reaction to the most recent conviction, which she said she watched on an Italian television station. “I did not expect this to happen. I really expected so much better from the Italian justice system. They found me innocent once before.”
She added that she would “never go willingly back” to Italy to be imprisoned. “I’m going to fight this to the very end,” she told Roberts. “It’s not right and it’s not fair.”
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