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Levi Johnston's Mom Pleads Guilty in Drug Case

Levi Johnston's Mom Pleads Guilty in Drug Case
Sherry Johnston
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08/20/2009 07:30AM

The future is looking to include prison time for the mother of Alaska's onetime future first son-in-law Levi Johnston, who is the father of former Gov. Sarah Palin's grandson.

Sherry Johnston, 43, pleaded guilty in the Last Frontier's State Superior Court on Wednesday to a charge of possession with intent to deliver the prescription painkiller OxyContin, the Anchorage Daily News reports.

The Wasilla resident is to be sentenced in November.

Her plea deal reportedly calls for a five-year prison sentence, with two of the years suspended. Describing the deal being sought, Johnston's attorney, Rex Butler, said it includes three years' probation following prison time.

Her attorney is quoted in the Daily News as saying Johnston will be held at the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Eagle River for the three months until her sentencing, and could conceivably serve out her entire sentence there. He hopes, he said, to persuade the court to allow Johnston to serve out her time at home, with an ankle monitor.

In December 2008, Johnston was arrested at her home as part of an undercover drug investigation by Alaska State troopers.

In January, Johnston said she became addicted to prescription painkillers eight years ago after a hysterectomy, which led to seven additional surgeries.

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