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Brittney Griner sentenced to 9 years in Russian jail for drug possession and smuggling

WNBA famous person Brittney Griner has been sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison for drug possession and smuggling. Griner had been discovered responsible of the costs in courtroom and eventually obtained her sentencing on Thursday.

Griner was arrested in Feb. for carrying hashish oil vape cartridges onto an airplane whereas she was enjoying for her long-time abroad crew UMMC Ekaterinburg. Griner stated she made an sincere mistake by carrying the vape cartridges whereas touring. Russian prosecutors had requested for 9.5 years earlier than the ruling. The time she’s served in custody since her arrest will rely in the direction of her sentence.

America and Russian have engaged in conversations a few potential settlement round her launch, however no settlement has been reached but. Earlier this summer, it was reported that the White Home provided to launch Russian worldwide arms vendor Viktor Bout in alternate for Griner and fellow American detainee Paul Whelan.

Griner has performed for UMMC Ekaterinburg since 2014 throughout the WNBA offseason. President Biden issued the next assertion after the sentencing:

Griner was carrying two cartridges that every contained one gram of hashish oil. Individuals can legally buy the identical hashish oil cartridges she was carrying in 19 states for leisure functions.

The WNBA and NBA have issued the next assertion after her sentencing:

WNBA gamers have been urging Russia for her launch all season. Gamers wore jerseys with Griner’s identify and No. 42 on the again throughout the second half of the 2022 WNBA All-Star Recreation.

2022 AT&T WNBA All-Star Game

Photograph by Mary Kate Ridgway/NBAE by way of Getty Photographs

Now that Griner is sentenced, negotiations between the US and Russia may start to get extra severe.

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