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WNBA Star Brittney Griner Sentenced to 9 Years in Russian Prison

by Karla Montalván

Two-time Olympic medalist Brittney Griner has been found guilty of drug smuggling with criminal intent by a Russian court on August 5.

The WNBA star, who was originally arrested in February 2022, was sentenced to 9 years in a penal colony, in addition to paying 1 million rubles, as stated by judge Anna Sotnikova.

According to a statement shared by Griner’s lawyers with PEOPLE, the 9 year verdict just below the maximum sentence of 10 years is “absolutely unreasonable” and they plan to “certainly file an appeal.”…

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