Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

Trump commutes sentence for drug offender backed by Kardashian

Trump commutes sentence for drug offender backed by Kardashian

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In an interview with the Mic website released earlier this month, Kardashian West said that she had been moved by Johnson's story after seeing a video by the news outlet on Twitter. All I can say is Thank you, President Trump.

Trump wished her luck in a tweet Thursday. "I feel like my life is starting over again". "It was wonderful. I'm so glad that she was the one who was able to deliver the news to me".

In contrast to a pardon, Mr Trump's actions only ended rather than erased Ms Johnson's conviction.

Her case had been championed by reality TV star Kim Kardashian West, who met with Trump in the Oval Office last week.

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Kardashian welcomed the commutation of Johnson's sentence with a tweet. Johnson had told that website that she felt like a failure. "I'll do whatever it takes to get her out". She had already served nearly 22 years. "When they all came on, then I heard Kim Kardashian's voice and she was the one that told me it had happened, that I was free, that I was going to rejoin my family", Johnson told reporters outside the prison in Pickens County, Alabama.

The official said the Justice Department denied her petition because prosecutors maintain Johnson was involved in a drug cartel that was connected to violence and crime. "I wanted to jump into their arms".

"I'm still waiting to exhale!" she said in an email from prison, roughly 24 hours before she was released.

"He gave me another chance in life and restoring me to my family", Johnson added.

When asked whether she had paid her debt to society, Johnson replied that she had "overpaid" her debt.

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Many prison reform advocates hoped that former President Barack Obama would grant Johnson clemency in the winter of 2016 because of Obama's commitment to overturn first time non-violent drug offenses. "She is considered to be a model inmate who is willing to go above and beyond in all work tasks". "I'm not bitter about it".

"I'm just so thankful".

Johnson's warden, case manager and vocational training instructor each wrote letters in support of her clemency.

Alice Marie Johnson, 63, of Memphis, Tenn., was sentenced to life in prison in 1996 for conspiracy to possess cocaine and attempted possession of cocaine. She admitted wrongdoing, saying she acted as a go-between and relayed messages between dealers and distributors. Trump previously pardoned Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, former Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, and Kristian Saucier, a Navy sailor who pleaded guilty to an unauthorized possession of classified information. Trump forgave Alice Wednesday, a White House spokesperson confirmed to E!

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star said her husband is "the most genuine person".

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Johnson ranked as No. 1 on a list of Top 25 women deserving clemency by the nonprofit group CAN-DO, which seeks pardons and commutations for people convicted of strict drug laws.

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