Russian prosecutors seek 9 1/2-year sentences for Brittney Griner

Russian prosecutors asked a court outside Moscow to sentence Brittney Griner to 9 1/2 years in prison as the American basketball star neared the end of a trial on drug charges Thursday.

The court was hearing closing arguments ahead of a verdict that could pave the way for a high-stakes prisoner swap between the United States and Russia.

Griner had faced a maximum sentence of 10 years after pleading guilty last month in a lengthy trial that has underscored the two countries’ frayed relations since the invasion of Ukraine.

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