Brittany Griner's sentence upheld by Russian  court

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The Texas basketball star had sought a suspended sentence. The White House is demanding his release.

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After a legal proceeding, a Russian court on Tuesday upheld American basketball star Brittany Griner's nine-year sentence in the Russian penal coloy.

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Officers arrested at Moscow airport for finding vape canisters and cannabis oil in grinder's luggage.

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Russian court sentenced him to nine years in prison after finding him guilty of smuggling drugs.

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In Tuesday's appeal, Griner's lawyer asked for the suspended sentence, but said they were not expecting any "miracles".

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The New York Times reported on Tuesday that Griner would soon serve his sentence according to the court's decision.

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Cherrell Griner said "Once the hearing is over and the order is finalized ... she may be taken to a labor camp. "My mind can't even fathom it."

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He said, "We have made every effort to bring Brittany home as well as support and advocate for other Americans detained in Russia, including fellow wrongful detainee Paul Whelan."