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Mother is Found Guilty of Beating Son’s Alleged Heroin Dealer

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. (KMOX) - A Jefferson County jury has ruled on whether a mother who beat her son’s alleged heroin dealer with a baseball bat is guilty of assault.

The jury deliberated about two hours last night before deciding that Sherrie Gavan did commit third-degree assault when she attacked Josh Loyd in December of 2011.

Gavan says Loyd kept hounding her son, a recovering addict, to continue using heroin.

Her attorney argued she attacked Loyd in self-defense, believing he was going to come after her with a brick when she went to his house to confront him. Loyd was not injured.

Since the incident, Gavan’s son is still clean and is graduating from high school. Loyd has been in trouble with the law.

Gavan faces up to a year in jail but is likely to receive probation. While she says she was shocked by the verdict, she said she wouldn’t change a thing.

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