WNBA star Brittney Griner filed an appeal on Monday after being sentenced to nine years in prison. Griner was detained in Russia back in February after being found with vape canisters that contained cannabis oil in her luggage at the airport.
The appeal was no surprise as Griner’s lawyers already made plans to file it once she was convicted. Griner admitted that she had canisters in her luggage but said it was accidentally packed and had no intent on breaking the law. Griner’s lawyers argued that the sentence was extreme and defendants in similar cases received on average a five year prison sentence.
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