Griner, who pleaded guilty a few weeks ago, apologized to his family and his wife. "I made an honest mistake. I hope your judgment doesn't end my life here," Griner told the judge.
Now that the trial is complete, negotiations between Washington and Moscow to release Griner are expected to continue while tensions between the two countries continue.
Griner, who had played for Russian team UMMC Yekaterinburg during the WNBA offseason since 2014, was arrested in February 2014. Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport on the 17th.
Russian officials said she had e-cigarette cartridges containing hash oil in her luggage.
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Griner said at the trial in Fumiki, Russia, that she had accidentally wrapped them in haste and that she "unintentionally" pleaded guilty to her guilt.
"The hard work her parents taught her allowed her to play for the Euroleague and the best Russian teams here in Yekaterinburg," Griner said Thursday from the courtroom cage.
"I want to apologize to my teammates, the club, the fans and the city [Ekaterinburg] for the mistakes I have made and the embarrassment I have caused," she said.
An expert on the Russian legal system said the maximum sentence Griner faces could be reduced to 10 years if he pleads guilty, given his 99% conviction rate.
Her lead prosecutor against Griner asked her judge to sentence her to nine years and six months in prison.
"I know everyone talks about 'political farmers' and politics all the time, but I hope that's far from this court," Griner said.
Maria Blagovorina and Alexander Boykov, Griner's attorney in Russia, have previously issued a generous statement.
The defense team produced a written affidavit from her Russian team and a doctor who recommended cannabis to ease her pain.
“Given the nature of their lawsuit, the insignificant amount of BG's substance and character, and his history of active contributions to world and Russian sport
the defense believes that the lawsuit was viewed by the court as a lenient situation. I hope that it will be done and that no serious punishment will be taken," they said.
Griner's attorneys called the verdict "absolutely unjust" and said it falls short of their pleas.You will appeal.
The 31-year-old Greiner won her WNBA title in 2014 in her second season with the Phoenix her Mercury, the only her WNBA team she has played for.
She is a 2-time scoring champion & leads the league with 8 blocks. She also won gold medals in women's basketball for USA team at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo.
In a joint statement, the WNBA & NBA said, "Today's verdict & conviction are unjust & regrettable. We hope we are nearing the end of this process to finally bring BG back to the US