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WNBA's Brittney Griner Found Guilty, Sentenced to 9 Years in Prison in Russia

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American WNBA basketball star Brittney Griner has been convicted in a Russian court on Thursday (August 4) of smuggling drugs with criminal intent.

She has been officially sentenced to 9 years in prison and a fine of 1 million rubles by a Russian court. If you aren’t familiar with the case, back in February, the 31-year-old athlete was stopped at an airport in Russia and charged with trying to smuggle less than 1 gram of cannabis oil in her luggage.

In court today, Brittney was allowed to speak and gave an emotional speech to the judge, asking for leniency in her sentencing.

She faced up to 10 years in a Russian prison. Prosecutors asked for a 9 1/2-year sentence. Click inside to read more… “My parents taught me two important things.

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