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WNBA’s Brittney Griner Gets 9-Year Russia Jail Term in Drug Case

  • US has offered to swap Griner, second American for arms dealer
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WATCH: A Moscow court sentenced WNBA player Brittney Griner to 9 years in prison on drug charges.Source: Bloomberg
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A Moscow court sentenced WNBA player Brittney Griner to 9 years in prison on drug charges, raising the stakes in deadlocked talks between Russia and the US on a possible prisoner exchange involving the basketball star.

“The court found the defendant guilty,” Judge Anna Sotnikov said, before announcing the jail term, according to the Interfax news service. Griner was also fined 1 million rubles ($16,300). Prosecutors had earlier asked the court to imprison her for 9 1/2 years, close to the maximum sentence of 10 years.