Brittney Griner Found Guilty In Drug Possession Trial, Sentenced To 9 Years

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Brittney Griner's monthlong trial came to an end Thursday (August 4) when a Russian court found her guilty on charges of possession and smuggling illegal drugs.

She was sentenced to nine years in a penal colony, according to the New York Times, citing Griner's lawyers.

In February, the WNBA star flew to Moscow with vape cartridges of cannabis oil. She has been detained since then.

Earlier Thursday, Griner, 31, apologized for her actions. A prosecutor urged her conviction and suggested a sentence of 9.5 years in prison.

"I want to apologize to my teammates, my club, my fans and the city of (Yekaterinburg) for my mistake that I made and the embarrassment that I brought on them,” Griner said, her voice cracking. “I want to also apologize to my parents, my siblings, the Phoenix Mercury organization back at home, the amazing women of the WNBA, and my amazing spouse back at home," Griner said.

This is a developing story.

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