WNBA star sentenced to 9 years in Russian jail for drug-smuggling

Choose Anna Sotnikova of the Khimki metropolis court docket delivered the sentence and fined Griner 1 million rubles

or about $16,400. She mentioned the court docket took under consideration Griner's partial request for forgiveness,

regret for the deed, state of well being and charitable actions.

Prosecutors had requested that she be sentenced to 9.5 years in jail

I by no means meant to harm anyone, 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 would not finish my life right here

I do know everyone retains speaking about political pawn and politics

however I hope that that's removed from this courtroom