Indiana recovery home founder sentenced to 30 years in old drug case

Family and friends gather in line to embrace Lisa Livingston, giving their final goodbyes before exiting the Orange County Courthouse in Paoli, Monday, March 12, 2018. The judge sentenced her to 30 years in prison. (News and Tribune Photo/Tyler Stewart)
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PAOLI, Ind. (AP) — A woman who started a drug recovery home for women in southern Indiana has been sentenced to 30 years in prison on a drug-dealing charge that had languished in court since her 2013 arrest.

The News and Tribune reports that Lisa Livingston was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to charges that include drug-dealing, possession and having the ingredients to make drugs.

More than 50 of Livingston's supporters attended her hearing at Orange County Circuit Court. They had left disappointed that the judge didn't give more consideration to Livingston's work founding the BreakAway program in New Albany.

Orange County Circuit Court Judge Steven Owen also ordered for Livingston to be admitted into Indiana's Purposeful Incarceration Program for substance abuse therapy. The program could help Livingston be eligible for early release.

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