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Levi Johnston's mom pleads guilty, will do prison time

PALMER, Alaska — Sherry Johnston pleaded guilty today in state Superior Court to one count of possession with intent to deliver the prescription painkiller oxycodone.

Johnston, 43, is the mother of Levi Johnston, who is the father of former Gov. Sarah Palin's grandchild. She lives in Wasilla.

She is scheduled to be sentenced in November. The plea deal calls for her to be sentenced to five years in prison, with two years suspended. Her attorney, Rex Butler, said the deal also includes a three-year probationary period of the prison sentence is served.

She was convicted of a Class A felony, which carries a presumptive sentence of five to eight years in prison. The plea deal calls for a shorter prison stint because she possessed a small quantity of the drug and had no previous drug-related convictions.

Assistant District Attorney Rick Allen said it's not unusual for defendants with mitigating factors like Johnston's to get half the minimum sentence.

Johnston was charged in December with six felony drug counts involving a prescription painkiller. According to police affidavits, she received OxyContin pills in the mail, then sold 10 pills to a police informant on three occasions in October and November 2008. The meet-ups were in the Wasilla Fred Meyer and Target parking lots, arranged via cell phone text messages.

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