Alice Marie Johnson was overjoyed when Kim Kardashian called her to share the news that President Donald Trump had agreed to commute the great-grandmother's life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense.
Johnson was aware Kardashian West and other supporters had taken up her cause and for that she is beyond grateful.
Hers was not a miscarriage of justice case - Ms Johnson was guilty, but her lawyers argued the sentence was unduly harsh for a first time, non-violent offender.
Kardashian West got involved in Johnson's case after she was profiled in a viral Facebook video a year ago.
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Johnson is expected to be released from prison soon.
Kardashian West tweeted that calling Johnson to tell her that she was free is a moment she will never forget.
"If you've noticed, I keep touching her because it's hard to believe she's actually here", said Catina Scales, Johnson's daughter. One week after Kardashian personally lobbied on her behalf at the White House, her request was granted.
Trump's decision, his latest inspired by a celebrity champion, comes amid a flurry of recent pardons issued by the president.
Last month, the president posthumously pardoned the boxer Jack Johnson after the actor Sylvester Stallone raised his case with him.
"Thank you, President Trump for really seeing me, not just looking at some data about my crime, but actually looking at the person who I have become now and having faith that I deserved a second chance in life", Johnson said on CNN's "New Day" Thursday morning.