A Russian court found WNBA star Brittney Griner guilty on cannabis possession charges, CNN reports.
She was sentenced to nine years in prison. "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 in the Khimki city courthouse after the ruling.
This ruling comes as the United States and Russia are negotiating a possible prisoner swap that would reportedly free Griner and fellow detained American Paul Whelen in exchange for at least one Russian prisoner in U.S. custody.
The Biden administration has classified Griner as “wrongfully detained” by its former Cold War enemy and been under pressure to secure her release.