WNBA star Brittney Griner sentenced to 9 years in Russian jail for drug-smuggling
Brittney Griner sentenced to nine years in Russian prison. Griner, who was arrested Feb. 17 for bringing cannabis into the country, had been prepared for a harsh sentence, sources close to the player said. But she and her supporters have also been aware that Russia was not going to move forward with a trade that could bring her home until her trial was completed
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Griner's lawyers, Maria Blagovolina and Alexander Boykov, said in a written statement they will appeal the decision and criticized the court for ignoring their evidence
Griner reacted to the sentence with little emotion, listening to the verdict with a blank stare on her face.