Almost six months after Brittney Griner was arrested and detained in Moscow, Russia, the decision of her trial is in.
A Russian decide discovered Griner, 31, responsible on Thursday, August 4. She was sentenced to 9 years of jail time and a superb of 1 million rubles (roughly $16,400), in accordance with CNN.
The skilled basketball participant was beforehand arrested at a Moscow airport in February whereas she was within the nation to play for UMMC Ekaterinburg through the WNBA low season. On the time, Russian officers alleged that Griner smuggled hash oil cartridges in her baggage earlier than subsequently arresting her. (The massive-scale transportation of medication can carry as much as a 10-year jail sentence in Russia.)
Information of the athlete’s detention was not made public till a number of weeks later. Since then, Griner’s family members and superstar followers have provided their assist regardless of the U.S. authorities’s lack of motion.
“You say she’s prime precedence, however I wanna see it, and I really feel prefer to see it will be me seeing BG on U.S. soil,” the ESPY winner’s spouse, Cherelle Griner, advised Good Morning America in Might. “BG would wholeheartedly like to not go abroad. She has solely had one Thanksgiving within the States in 9 years since she’s been professional, and he or she misses all that stuff. Simply because, you understand, she will’t make sufficient cash within the WNBA, like, to maintain her life.”
The Phoenix Mercury participant’s trial ultimately started final month after Russia prolonged Brittney’s detention. Throughout the courtroom proceedings on July 7, Brittney pleaded responsible to drug costs. “I’d prefer to plead responsible, your honor,” she advised the decide on the time, per Reuters. “However there was no intent. I didn’t need to break the legislation.”
Hours earlier on Thursday, Russian prosecutors requested the courtroom to condemn Brittney to almost 9.5 years in custody. The Texas native, for her half, addressed the courtroom for a ultimate time and apologized for what she referred to as a “mistake.”
“I by no means meant to harm anyone,” Brittney stated on Thursday, in accordance with CNN. “I by no means meant to place in jeopardy the Russian inhabitants. I by no means meant to interrupt any legal guidelines right here. I made an trustworthy mistake and I hope that in your ruling that it doesn’t finish my life right here.”
She continued: “I do know all people retains speaking about political pawn and politics, however I hope that that’s removed from this courtroom. I need to say once more that I had no intent of breaking Russian legal guidelines. I had no intent. I didn’t conspire or plan to commit this crime.”
The WNBA star additionally issued an apology to her teammates, membership and followers for “my mistake that I made” and “the embarrassment that I introduced on them.” She added, “I need to additionally apologize to my mother and father, my siblings, the Phoenix Mercury group again at residence, the wonderful ladies of the WNBA, and my wonderful partner again at residence.”