Trump commutes term of Kardashian-championed drug offender

Trump Commutes Sentence of Drug Offender Championed by Kardashian

Donald Trump grants clemency to the great-grandmother Kim Kardashian West has been fighting for

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.

Alice Johnson, whose life sentence for drug offenses was just commuted by President Trump, said reuniting with her family upon being freed from prison was a "moment of shock".

Johnson's attorney Michael Scholl said his client was a model prisoner for more than two decades.

Kim Kardashian West sat down with Van Jones to talk about her highly publicized visit to the White House.

Johnson was aware Kardashian West and other supporters had taken up her cause and for that she is beyond grateful.

Christine Samra is a web and social media producer for KPIX 5. She was convicted of drug conspiracy and money laundering charges in 1996. "Without her, I would still be in Aliceville", Johnson said.

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.

Johnson's story eventually caught the attention of the Kardashian family in the fall of 2017. "Why are we here?' We started the meeting", Kim said in an interview with CNN's Van Jones.

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.

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