WNBA's Brittney Griner Sentenced To 9 Years
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CNN - American women's basketball star Brittney Griner has just been convicted of deliberately smuggling drugs into Russia and as a result, sentenced to nine years of jail time. Prior to the verdict, Griner apologized to the court and asked for leniency in an emotional speech. "I never meant to hurt anybody, I never meant to put in jeopardy the Russian population, I never meant to break any laws here," Griner said. "I made an honest mistake and I hope that in your ruling that it doesn't end my life here. I know everybody keeps talking about political pawn and politics, but I hope that, that is far from this courtroom."
Former ambassador ‘optimistic’ on Brittney Griner talks l ABCNL
ABC News’ Phil Lipof spoke to former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Bill Richardson about the latest efforts to secure the release of WNBA star Brittney Griner and former Marine Paul Wehlan from Russia.