Crime

Ex-attorney and her son plead guilty in Johnson County to trafficking in controlled substance

A mother and son pleaded guilty Friday in Johnson Circuit Court to drug charges.

Mary Lou Chandler, 63, of Paintsville pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in a controlled substance, according to Attorney General Jack Conway's office. The Commonwealth recommended Chandler receive a two-year prison sentence to be probated for a period of five years. Chandler, who worked as an attorney in Johnson County, agreed to give up her Kentucky Bar Association membership and will no longer practice law in Kentucky, as a part of the recommended sentence.

Chandler's son, Matthew Chandler, 35, pleaded guilty to three counts of trafficking in a controlled substance. Prosecutors recommended a seven-year prison sentence for his involvement in this case.

Mary and Matthew Chandler were both indicted Sept. 18 by a grand jury for selling oxycodone pills to a confidential informant from their Johnson County home. They are scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 16.

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