Johnston gets 3 years in drug case

Posted: Monday, November 23, 2009

ANCHORAGE - The mother of the man former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol had planned on marrying has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Sherry Johnston was sentenced Friday in Palmer. She pleaded guilty in August to one count of possession with intent to deliver the painkiller OxyContin. Five other felony counts were dropped in the deal, which called for a five-year prison sentence, with two years suspended.

The 43-year-old Johnston is the mother of Levi Johnston. He and 18-year-old Bristol Palin were engaged but called the wedding off after their son, Tripp, was born in December.

The Anchorage Daily News reported Johnston will serve her sentence at Alaska's only female prison.

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