The court sentenced Brittney Greiner to nine years in prison

The Khimki court sentenced American basketball player Brittney Griner to nine years in prison for drug smuggling and possession. The athlete will also pay a fine of one million rubles, writes RIA Novosti.

The court took into account the partial recognition of the defendant's guilt, her repentance and sporting achievements. Griner will serve his sentence in a penal colony.

Earlier, the Khimki court found US basketball player Brittney Griner guilty of drug smuggling and possession. The prosecution asked for 9.5 years in prison for the athlete. The lawyer insisted on an acquittal, and in the case of a guilty verdict, she asked for a sentence below the lowest limit and a suspended sentence.

Recall that Greiner was detained in February upon arrival from New York to Moscow. Vapes with hash oil were found in her hand luggage. A criminal case was opened against the athlete.

Brittney Greiner is the 2016 and 2020 Olympic champion. She became the world champion twice.

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