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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois mother and son were ordered to spend decades in federal prison for their roles in a heroin-trafficking scheme linked to two overdose deaths.

Sixty-six-year-old Deborah Perkins was sentenced Thursday to 27 years in prison while her son, 47-year-old Douglas Oliver, got a 30-year term.

Both lived together in Fairview Heights and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin, possessing heroin with intent to distribute it and maintaining a drug house.

Authorities say Perkins and Oliver bought heroin in Chicago and peddled it from their home.

Oliver admitted supplying heroin to 30-year-old Jessica Williams and 20-year-old Jennifer Herling before their overdose deaths last year. Williams' body later was found on a trash pile in Washington Park.

Perkins and Oliver both apologized during the sentence hearing.

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