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Amanda Knox returns home

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SEATTLE, Wash. -- Amanda Knox is back on American soil. The former University of Washington student landed at SeaTac airport just after 5pm Tuesday, after spending 4 years in a jail in Perugia Italy.

Knox was just 20 years old when she was arrested for the brutal murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher. Knox and her former Italian boyfriend, Raffael Sollecito were found guilty and sent to prison for 25 & 26 years. However, an independent forensic investigation showed the DNA used to convict the two was corrupt.

Monday, October 3rd, Knox and Sollecito's sentences were overturned. Knox was immediately declared a free woman. She finally headed home, to Seattle, Washington on October 24th. Knox is currently 24 years old.

Before heading home with her family, Knox, her parents, siblings and lawyer spoke to the media. A tearful, but happy Amanda Knox spoke for less than a minute.

"They're reminding me to speak in English, because I'm having problems with that. I'm really overwhelmed right now. I was looking down from the airplane and it seemed like everything wasn't real. What's important for me to say is just thank you to everyone who's believed in me, who's defended me, who's supported my family. My family is the most important thing to me right now and I just want to go be with them. So thank you for being there for me."

Criminal defense attorney, Theodore Simon reminded everyone to keep the victim's family in their prayers.

Prosecutors say they plan to appeal the appeals court's decision. Knox is not required to attend that court session.

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