Woman released after Trump commutes sentence

Leroy Wright
June 10, 2018

Alice Marie Johnson, the great-grandmother has a message to Donald Trump after he commuted her sentence; with the help of Kim Kardashian who vouched for her release.

A White House spokesperson said Johnson was a model prisoner and had paid her dues to society, hence her release after Kardashian lobbied for her.

"This is a very humbling experience for me because I know that it is all grace", Johnson, 63, who spent 21 years in prison in Alabama without parole, told Brooke Baldwin on CNN. She went on to say that her heart "is so full of gratitude for the lovely inside and out Kim Khardashian West who chose to advocate for and essentially save the life of my mother, someone she had never heard of or met!"

Johnson had her life sentence commuted on Wednesday by President Trump after spending 22 years behind bars. "Because there are so many, as you've said, like me, who need to have the opportunity that I've had", she told GMA's Michael Strahan.

Kim Kardashian asked and President Trump answered. "It's something I will cherish every moment", said Alice Johnson.

"I want to tell my war angel, thank you for never giving up, you did it, you fought and you fought until I was free", she said. In 1993, she was arrested and accused of participating in an operation that trafficked drugs, including cocaine, and was involved in money-laundering. She was then handed a sentence of life with no chance of parole, plus another 25 years.

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"My plan is to start work, I already have a job secured", Johnson said, "and my plan is also to work hard on helping to change some of these laws".

"It is an fantastic feeling", Johnson told Baldwin of no longer being behind bars. "When you see my face, you see so many other faces that I represent".

Mrs. Kardashian West reacted positively to the news, as one would have expected.

Mr Trump and Kim met in the Oval office to discuss Ms Johnson's case on May 30.

Johnson previously thanked Kardashian West for advocating for her, in a letter that was shared to the Selfish author's Instagram Stories last week. "Her commutation is inspirational & gives hope to so many others who are deserving of a second chance", she said in the tweet.

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