American females's basketball star Brittney Griner was founded guilty of intentionally contraband medications

right into Russia as well as sentenced to nine years of jail time Thursday in an instance that has actually increased problems

she is being utilized as a political pawn in Russia's war versus U*r@ine.

Court Anna Sotnikova of the Khimki city court delivered the sentence and fined Griner 1 million rubles,

or regarding $16,400. She stated the court took into account Griner's partial admission of sense of guilt, sorrow for the deed,

state of health and also philanthropic tasks. District attorneys had actually asked that she be sentenced to 9.5 years behind  bars.

Prior to the decision, Griner said sorry to the court and also requested kindness in an emotional speech.

I never implied to harm any person, I never implied to place in risk the Russian populace,

I never indicated to damage any kind of laws below," Griner stated.

I made a straightforward mistake as well as I hope that in your ruling that it doesn't finish my life below. I recognize everyone keeps speaking regarding political pawn and also national politics,