Russian Court Upholds Nine-Year Sentence For U.S. Ex-Marine Reed

Russian Court Upholds Nine-Year Sentence For U.S. Ex-Marine Reed

US ambassador calls the decision an ‘absurd miscarriage of justice’ as Trevor Reed plans a further appeal.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet

A Russian appeals court upheld a nine-year prison sentence for Trevor Reed, a former United States Marine who was convicted last year of endangering the lives of two police officers in August 2019, charges he denies.

Reed, at the time a student from Texas, allegedly attacked police while drunk after attending a party in Moscow.

His family has cited what they say are irregularities in the proceedings and said the prosecution’s request for a nearly 10-year sentence was excessive.

“This is completely a political case,” Reed told journalists after his guilty verdict in July 2020. “I will be asking my government for political support.”

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