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WNBA Star Brittney Griner Sentenced To 9 Years In Russian Prison

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Brittney Griner was convicted of deliberately smuggling drugs into Russia and sentenced to nine years of jail time.

Griner was also fined around $16,400.

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The maximum sentence was ten years, which is what the prosecution aimed for. Griner pleaded guilty as she told the court in Khimki city courthouse:

"I never meant to hurt anybody, I never meant to put in jeopardy the Russian population, I never meant to break any laws here."

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She added that she knew she had made a mistake and hoped that the ruling does not end her life here. The WNBA star concluded:

"I know everybody keeps talking about political pawns and politics, but I hope that that is far from this courtroom."

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As she left the courtroom, Brittney said she loved her family.

There are negotiations between the Russian and US governments to trade a Russian arms trader Viktor Bout for Brittney.

The 31-year-old basketball star was caught with less than one gram of cannabis oil six months ago. She used the same oil in Arizona, where it is not illegal.

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The WNBA's Phoenix Mercury star came to Russia to finish her season for UMMC Ekaterinburg.