Brittney Griner’s Lawyer Reveals What Daily Prison Life Is Like as Her Appeal Is Denied

Brittney Griner’s 9-year prison sentence was upheld this week.

And now Griner’s lawyer has opened up about her daily prison routine…

And it sounds absolutely brutal.

The court reportedly denied the thirty-two-year-old basketball player’s appeal after a hearing on Tuesday morning.

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Brittney Griner was sentenced to 9 years in prison.

She was found guilty of drug possession and smuggling with criminal intent by a Russian court.

Griner was in Russian custody since being detained in February.

This came after the Russian Federal Customs Service found vape cartridges containing hashish oil, a marijuana concentrate, in her luggage.

In her final plea to the court, Griner said: “I never meant to hurt anybody.”

“I never meant to put in jeopardy the Russian population. I never meant to break any laws here. I made an honest mistake and I hope that in your ruling that it doesn’t end my life here.”

The Texas-born professional basketball player’s defense team has slammed the verdict…

They also said they will “certainly file an appeal.”

Griner was also fined 1 million rubles (around $16,300) by the court.

The US government is apparently doing everything it can to get Griner home…

But its not only the government who is trying to help Griner…

Professional basketball player Kyrie Irving also called out President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to issue more information on the matter…

“What is truly happening with our Queen @brittneygriner @POTUS @VP?

“Please give us an Update,” he added.

And it’s not only Irving who has raised a voice out loud…

“Anyone that goes back to Russia to play is insane. Praying for BG man…this is breaking my heart seeing her right now ???,” wrote WNBA star Lexie Brown.

Ex-NFL star Robert Griffin also expressed his opinion in favor of Brittney.

But the support for Griner didn’t stop there…

Even Justin Bieber has let out how he feels about the matter.

“If anyone knows of anyway (sic) I can help please let me know,” Bieber wrote.

However, it was previously reported that the USA made a “very good offer” to bring Brittney back home.

The facility that she faces incarceration in was then revealed.

The prison has a reputation in Russia as one of the worst facilities in the country.

It’s called IK-14, and it does not look good.

It’s even been dubbed a ‘gulag labor camp’, according to Business Insider.

The report by Business Insider says the prison is situated in Russia’s central region of Mordovia.

And it’s just as bad as it sounds.

Covered by a blanket of snow, the dismal grey building is far worse than the typical prison you’d expect here in the U.S.

The building, surrounded by barbed wire, is said to be infested with rats, as well as various diseases, putting the prisoners at risk.

Former inmate Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who’s a political activist, previously described staying there.

She claimed they had to work 17 hours a day, with 1 days off every 2 months.

Another former inmate, Gelena Alekseyeva, also went into detail about the colony.

“Mice lived with us. Rats lived with us in the industrial zone,” she told Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty. “Before you went into the bathroom, you needed to knock — there were special poles for that. So that the rats would scatter.”

She shared a statement with her supporters.

“Thank you everyone for fighting so hard to get me home,” Griner said in a statement through her lawyer Maria Blagovolina, as per CNN.

“All the support and love are definitely helping me.”

However, Griner’s appeal has been denied in court, TMZ reports.

The WNBA star wasn’t physically present during the hearing on October 25 but she was present via videoconference, where she was inside a prison cell.

Griner and her team of attorneys hoped for the court to overturn a previous ruling in the case.

If not, then at least reduce the prison sentence.

Her attorney strongly argued that her prison sentence didn’t fit the crime she committed.

However, they weren’t expecting to win the hearing in court, as they stated that they did not “expect any miracles to happen.”

And now, Griner’s lawyer, Alexander Boykov, has opened up about her daily routine while incarcerated.

“They go to sleep around 10 p.m. and that’s when the lights turn off and the television’s turned off,” he said.

“They watch television, they prepare themselves food, they read, and that’s basically it.

“Every day is the same.

“There’s no gym, no runway, no basketball court,” Boykov said.

A lack of autonomy, plus being denied her favorite activities is making Griner’s stay sound pretty miserable.


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