Brittney Griner’s 9 year sentence in Russia upheld

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A Russian court rejected Brittney Griner’s appeal of her nine-year prison sentence for drug possession on Tuesday.

The court ruled to uphold the sentence handed down to the WNBA superstar. However, in the ruling, the court stated that the time Griner will have to serve in prison will be recalculated with her time in pre-trial detention taken into account.

One day in pre-trial detention will be counted as 1.5 days in prison, which means Griner will serve around eight years in prison unless the U.S. and Russia come to an agreement on a potential prisoner swap in the future.


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