Brittney Griner: WNBA star sentenced to 9 years in jail for drug-smuggling

A Russian court sentences WNBA star Brittney Griner to 9 years on drug charges

Judge Anna Sotnikova of the Khimki city court delivered the sentence and fined Griner 1 million rubles

She said the court considered Griner’s partial admission of guilt

Prosecutors had asked that she be sentenced to 9.5 years in jail.

American women’s basketball star Brittney Griner was convicted of deliberately smuggling drugs into Russia

MOSCOW: A Russian court has found Brittney Griner guilty of drug smuggling and possession charges.

Her charges lasted 10 years, and the Russian prosecution requested a sentence of nine years

The trial’s outcome was not unusual given that Russian criminal courts have a reported conviction rate of 99%

Griner admitted to making ‘an honest mistake’

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