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Photos of Brittney Griner in Handcuffs As She is Now Looking at a 10-Year Sentence in Russian Jail

The current Brittney Griner situation is pretty messed up.

The WNBA star has been detained in a Russian jail for a few months now due to allegedly having hashish oil in a cartridge in her luggage at the airport. It seems like an unfair amount of time to be in jail for something so small.

There is now an update.

Videos of Griner in handcuffs have made its way around social media with an update on what’s going on in her case. According to the Associated Press, Griner is facing 10 years in prison if she is convicted and the trial is set to start on July 1.

Shackled and looking wary, WNBA star Brittney Griner was ordered Monday to stand trial by a court near Moscow on cannabis possession charges, about 4 1/2 months after her arrest at an airport while returning to play for a Russian team.

The Phoenix Mercury center and two-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist also was ordered to remain in custody for the duration of her criminal trial, which was to begin Friday. Griner could face 10 years in prison if convicted on charges of large-scale transportation of drugs. Fewer than 1% of defendants in Russian criminal cases are acquitted, and unlike in the U.S., acquittals can be overturned.

At Monday’s closed-door preliminary hearing at the court in the Moscow suburb of Khimki, Griner’s detention was extended for another six months. Photos obtained by The Associated Press showed the 31-year-old in handcuffs and looking straight ahead, unlike a previous court appearance where she kept her head down and covered with a hood.

Her detention and trial come at an extraordinarily low point in Moscow-Washington relations. Griner was arrested at Sheremetyevo International Airport less than a week before Russia sent troops into Ukraine, which aggravated already-high tensions with sweeping sanctions by the United States and Russia’s denunciation of U.S. weapon supplies to Ukraine.

Can only hope for the best at this point.

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