American women's basketball player Brittney Griner pleaded guilty to illegal drug trafficking in Russia.

Khimki city judge Anna Sotnikova delivered the sentence and fined Griner 1. million rubles.

Brittany Griner said the court was aware of Griner's guilty plea.

Prosecutors have requested a 9.5-year jail sentence.

Griner apologized before the court and pleaded for mercy in a passionate speech.

I was not going to break any law here," Griner said.

Maria Carolina and Aleksander Barkov made a statement in writing that they intend to appeal against the decision.

Boykov stated that this kind of crime can result in five years of prison.

Blagovolina said that Griner will return to the center where he's currently kept.