Brittney Griner’s trial in Russia is officially over and she was found guilty by a Russian court.
A Russian prosecutor asked a judge to find Brittney Griner guilty on drug charges and to sentence her to serve 9 years and 6 months in prison.
“Brittney Griner’s trial is officially over. The judge is expected to issue her verdict and sentence within the next few hours. Prosecutors asked for 9.5 years.”
Griner issued one last plea to the court as she told the Moscow courtroom she was deeply sorry for inadvertently packing hashish oil in her luggage back in mid-February.
“I want to apologize to my teammates, my club, my fans and the city of [Yekaterinburg] for my mistake that I made and the embarrassment that I brought on them,” the WNBA superstar said.
“I want to also apologize to my parents, my siblings, the Phoenix Mercury organization back at home, the amazing women of the WNBA, and my amazing spouse back at home.”
Griner later urged the judge to take it easy on her in hopes the ruling “does not end my life.”
The 31-year-old has now been detained for 24 weeks, after authorities at Sheremetyevo International Airport outside Moscow found cannabis vape cartridges in her luggage. Her defense team notes that Griner has a medical marijuana card in Arizona to help her cope with injuries sustained over years of competition. But personal cannabis possession is illegal under any circumstances in Russia.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.