Thursday, August 04, 2022

Brittney Griner Sentenced to 9 Years in Russian Prison

Back in February WNBA player Brittney Griner was arrested at the airport in Moscow after agents found cannabis oil and vape pens in her luggage [click here if you missed that]. 

Today Brittney was found guilty and sentenced to 9 years in prison...

From NBC News 
WNBA star Brittney Griner was sentenced to 9 years in Russian prison after being convicted on drug charges by a Moscow court Thursday.
Griner pleaded guilty last month in a lengthy trial that has underscored the frayed relations between the United States and Russia since the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine.
Prosecutors asked for a sentence of 9 1/2 years after closing arguments Thursday. In a final plea for leniency, an emotional Griner apologized and repeated that she never intended to break any Russian laws but that she had made “an honest mistake.”
Just hours later, Judge Anna Sotnikova returned to announce she had been found guilty of drug possession and smuggling. Griner will also have to pay a fine of 1 million rubles ($16,590), but can appeal the verdict.