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Sunday, November 27, 2011

A family affair: Amanda Knox celebrates her first Thanksgiving as a free woman with her mother and sister

By Lucy Buckland

Happy holidays: Amanda Knox (left) celebrated her first Thanksgiving out of prison with her sister Deanna, 22, and mother Edda

She spent the last four Thanksgivings in an Italian jail for a murder she didn't commit.

So it's no surprise Amanda Knox looked happy but thoughtful as she spent this year's holiday with her mother Edda Mellas and sister Deanna Knox, 22.

The 24-year-old was cleared of murdering British student Meredith Kercher last month and it seems Knox is finally getting back to normality as she shopped for food with Ms Mellas and Deanna.

Knox is no longer living with her family after she moved in with classical guitar student James Terrano, an old friend, shortly after she returned home.

The couple are sharing a £950-a-month apartment in Seattle’s rundown Chinatown area.

Knox’s new boyfriend is from a middle-class New York family. He is studying classical music, specialising in guitar, at Seattle’s University of Washington.

Free: Amanda Knox looks happy but a little preoccupied as she strolls to the shops to get Thanksgiving groceries

Knox had been reading languages there and is believed to be about to resume her studies.

Knox was convicted alongside Italian Raffaele Sollecito and drifter Rudy Guede, of Miss Kercher’s murder in 2009 after her body was discovered in a pool of blood at the flat she shared with Miss Knox in Perugia.

Guede, from the Ivory Coast, received a 30-year sentence (reduced to 16 year in 2009) for sexually assaulting and murdering Kercher.

Knox and Sollecito were sentenced to 26 years and 25 years respectively for sexual assault and murder. Their convictions were overturned on appeal in October.

Getting back to normality: Amanda Knox and her boyfriend James Terrano two weeks ago, Knox looks like she is slowly adjusting to outside life

After her release Kurt Knox said his daughter has a long road to recover emotionally.

He said: ‘Part of the issue being in prison for four years is what is the trauma associated to this and when will it show up, if it even shows up. She’s a strong girl but it’s been a tough time for her.

'It’s going to take a long period of time, it’s really going to be what she needs when she needs it.

Tearful: The family of Amanda Knox, pictured as she was cleared of Meredith Kercher's murder in November, said it would take the 24-year-old a long time to recover emotionally



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