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

 Russian court has found Brittney Griner guilty on drug smuggling and possession charges. 

The widely expected verdict comes after a monthlong trial and nearly six months after 

the basketball star was arrested at a Moscow-area airport with cannabis vape cartridges in her luggage.

The judge sentenced Griner to nine years in prison. Her charges carried up to 10 years, 

and the Russian prosecution had requested a sentence of nine years and six months in a penal colony.

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

But it appears that Griner's fate will now be decided in the political arena.

In a statement released shortly after the verdict, President Biden called Griner's sentence 

"one more reminder of what the world already knew: Russia is wrongfully detaining Brittney."

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