MOSCOW — Former US Marine Trevor Reed was convicted of endangering Russian police with violence and sentenced to nine years in prison by a Moscow court Thursday, over a drunken incident he says he does not remember.
Reed, 29, traveled to Moscow last summer to spend time with his girlfriend and to study Russian. He attended a party on Aug. 15 where he was encouraged to drink a large amount of vodka, according to his family.
According to the police case, Reed was placed in a police car but attacked the driver, tore his uniform, hit another police officer, caused the car
to swerve, and created a hazard.
Reed, a student at the University of North Texas, told journalists the case was ‘‘clearly political.’’