LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MAY 08: A floor decal on the sideline features the initials of Phoenix Mercury player Brittney Griner and her jersey number 42 before a game between the Seattle Storm and the Las Vegas Aces at Michelob ULTRA Arena on May 08, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. All WNBA teams have the decal on their home courts in support of Griner, who was detained at the Moscow airport on February 17, 2022, by authorities who said they found vape cartridges allegedly containing hashish oil in her luggage. Last week the U.S. government announced that it now considers Griner "wrongfully detained" by the Russian government. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

A Russian court found sentenced Griner to nine years in prison. This was an expected conclusion to the trial.

In Feb, 17 Griner was arrested for bringing cannabis into the country. It was expected that they would give her a harsh sentence a close source to the player said. Even though Griner pleaded guilty on July 7, under Russian law the trial still continued.

Judge Anna Sotnikova, found that Griner intentionally broke the law, and prosecutors asked for a 9 ½ sentence. Griner’s defense attorney said they will appeal. They also said the court ignored all evidence and Griner’s guilty plea.

President Joe Biden was disappointed in the verdict but knew it was coming.

“Today, American citizen Brittney Griner received a prison sentence that is one more reminder of what the world already knew: Russia is wrongfully detaining Brittney,” Biden said. “It’s unacceptable, and I call on Russia to release her immediately so she can be with her wife, loved ones, friends, and teammates.”

Now that the trial is over there can be a prisoner swap to bring Griner back home. Griner went with the proceeding and pleaded guilty because she knew this would be the only way to come back home.

“That’s why I pled guilty to my charges. I understand everything that’s being said against me, the charges that are against me, and that is why I pled guilty,” Griner said, addressing the judge through an interpreter from her defendant’s cage. “But I had no intent to break any Russian laws.”

Last week U.S officials said they offered a deal for Griner’s return. They would trade Russian arms dealer Victor Bout for Griner and fellow American Paul Whelan.

This was a disappointing verdict for Griner and hope she is able to come home soon to family and friends.