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Sherry Johnston , Levi Johnston, Bristol Palin

AP Photo/Al Grillo, AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

If Sarah Palin was feeling some "fear and despair" over daughter Bristol's situation before, we can only imagine what things are like now that both the father and paternal grandmother of little Tripp are dealing with some major issues.

Levi Johnston, Bristol Palin's betrothed and Sarah Palin's would-be son-in-law, has been forced to leave his electrical apprenticeship at an Alaskan oil field after a local newspaper raised questions about his eligibility for such a position. The 18-year-old's lack of a high school diploma, for one, was against federal regulations, and the governor's apparent arm-twisting to land him the gig didn't help his cause, either.

But that's small potatoes compared to his mom, Sherry Johnston. As word came Monday of Levi's sudden employment, she was busy pleading not guilty to six felony counts of  possessing and selling OxyContin, aka hillbilly heroin. The 42-year-old is currently out on bail and her trial is set to start in March.

Maybe she can keep her fingers crossed for a gubernatorial pardon.