RUSSIA US – Griner sentenced to 9 years in prison on drug charges

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US basketball star Brittney Griner was sentenced to nine years in prison by a Russian court on Thursday for drug possession and smuggling.

Griner, 31, was arrested in February after customs officials at Moscow airport found a small amount of cannabis oil in her luggage.

The sentence is one year less than the maximum of 10 allowed under Russian law, and six months less than the prosecution had demanded.