Brittney Griner found guilty in Russian drugs trial

Griner guilty Russian drugs trial
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Brittney Griner found guilty in Russian drugs trial

Brittney Griner’s guilty verdict was announced at a court at Khimki City Court just outside Moscow on Thursday

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Brittney Griner arrested in Russia on drug charges

US women’s basketball player Brittney Griner has been found guilty in her Russian drugs trial, after the verdict was delivered by a judge at Khimki City Court just outside Moscow on Thursday. 

Griner was detained at Sheremetyevo Airport on the outskirts of the Russian capital on February 17 after banned hashish oil vape cartridges were found in her luggage. 

The 31-year-old pleaded guilty in her trial, but said the cartridges had ended up in her luggage unintentionally after she was packing in a hurry. 

Earlier on Thursday, prosecutors had demanded nine and a half years in a penal colony for Griner and a fine of 1 million rubles ($16,500). 

The player herself had apologized, saying she made “an honest mistake under stress.” 

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The sentence will be announced by judge Anna Sotnikova in due course. The maximum possible sentence for the charges in 10 years in prison. 

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