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Bristol Palin’s Baby’s “Other” Grandmother Is Headed to Jail

May 22 2009, Published 7:42 a.m. ET

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Tripp Johnston has two very famous grandmothers.

One is Sarah Palin, the Governor of Alaska and former Vice Presidential candidate.

The other is Sherry Johnston, who struck a deal in a Palmer, Alaska court earlier today on drug possession charges.

With the state of Alaska agreeing to drop five of the six charges against her, Johnston will plead “no contest” to a single felony count of possessing the painkiller OxyContin with intent to sell it, her attorney Rex Butler told

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Sherry is currently free pending her plea appearance. “We will be in court at 11 AM on July 31 for Sherry to enter her plea,” Butler explained.  “She will then be taken into custody until sentencing which won’t be handed down until three to four months later.

Butler is still hoping to working out a sentence that could be served at home, with ankle bracelet monitoring.

Sherry is the mother of Levi Johnston whose teenage affair with Gov. Palin’s daughter Bristol, produced five-month-old Tripp Johnston. 

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The young parents broke up shortly after the baby’s birth and have been on competing PR campaigns, with each doing numerous talk show interviews.

Even though Sherry Johnston is one of the most famous defendants in the Alaska court system today, attorney Butler doesn’t think that worked to her benefit. 

“Her celebrity is a Catch-22,” he told  “The state doesn’t want to be seen as being too lenient or too hard.  I would have preferred a conviction on a lesser charge.”

(Photo: AP Images/ANDREW HARRER/Bloomberg News /Landov)



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