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American man from Woodland found guilty of drug charges in Moscow court, receives 12.5 year sentence | WTAJ

Robert Woodland Sentenced to 12 1/2 Years in Moscow Prison for Drug-Related Charges

The Moscow court has convicted and sentenced Russia-born U.S. citizen, Robert Woodland, to 12 1/2 years in prison on drug-related charges. Woodland was found guilty of attempted trafficking of illegal drugs as part of an organized group. Despite his lawyers planning to appeal the ruling, Woodland’s sentence stands.

His legal team also raised concerns about his mental health issues not being taken into account during the trial. Woodland’s background includes being born in Russia, adopted by an American couple, and later moving back to Russia to reconnect with his birth mother. Reports suggest he holds dual Russian and U.S. citizenship.

The arrest and sentencing of Woodland highlight the ongoing tensions between Moscow and Washington, as American citizens continue to be detained in Russia. The U.S. State Department has acknowledged the situation and is closely monitoring the case. Woodland’s fate remains uncertain amidst the strained relations between the two countries.

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