WNBA Star Brittney Griner Sentenced To 9 Years In Russian Prison For Marijuana Charge

Earlier this year WNBA star Brittney Griner was arrested in Russia after Russian Federal Customs Service discovered vape cartridges containing cannabis oil while she was at the airport about to fly back to the States.

In Russia, being caught with marijuana can carry a maximum sentence of 10 years.

And now she has learned her fate.

Griner has just been sentenced to nine years in prison for the Russian crime after a trial in the Khimki Court outside Moscow New York Post.

The verdict came after Griner’s closing argument, where she said:

“I want the court to understand that this was an honest mistake I made when I was under stress, trying to recover from COVID and just trying to get back to my team.

I know everyone is always talking about political pawns and politics, but I hope that’s far from this courtroom. I made an honest mistake and I hope your judgment doesn’t end my life here in Russia.”

After the sentencing, President Joe Biden released a statement condemning the sentencing:

“Today, American citizen Brittney Griner was sentenced to prison in another reminder of what the world already knew: Russia is wrongly holding Brittney.

This is unacceptable and I call on Russia to release her immediately so that she can be with her wife, loved ones, friends and teammates.”

Biden then said he would continuously work to do everything in his power to bring her home alongside Paul Whelan, an American jailed in Russia for espionage.

Throughout the trial, although she pleaded guilty, Griner said she never intended to break Russian law and that she accidentally put the cannabis cartridges in her bag while she was having “stress packing.”

She also noted that she had no intention of using the 0.7 grams of cannabis oil she brought to Russia because she was aware of the laws there.

Attorneys for the Phoenix Mercury Center produced character witnesses, along with written testimony from a doctor who said he prescribed the cannabis for Griner to treat pain.

Defense attorney Maria Blagovolina said Griner only brought the cartridges with him for use as medicine and only while he was in Arizona, where medical marijuana is legal. WNBA Star Brittney Griner Sentenced To 9 Years In Russian Prison For Marijuana Charge

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