Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Family photos via CNN Trump commutes sentence of Alice Marie Johnson

Family photos via CNN Trump commutes sentence of Alice Marie Johnson

Trump commuted her sentence Wednesday after a recent meeting with Kim Kardashian West, who recently visited the White house to discuss Johnson's case and a possible pardon.

The 63-year-old Alice Marie Johnson has served more than two decades in federal prison for drug offenses.

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner had been talking to the E! reality star for several months about Johnson's case, and Kardashian hired her attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, to act as her legal counsel.

When WREG spoke to her Thursday, she'd only slept a couple of hours since being released from an Alabama prison, but said she is enjoying every second of her new freedom.

"When Kim told me that I was being released, I started jumping up and screaming and crying and everyone else was crying", Johnson recalled.

Kim got a phone call earlier this week from Trump, who told her he reviewed the case and made a decision to commute Alice's sentence.

Now she is back with her family.

The president commuted her sentence, a move the Justice Department had resisted under President Obama.

She said she knew that one day, "He was going to bring me out". "Nothing will ever trump this feeling". In 1993, she was arrested and accused of participating in an operation that trafficked drugs, including cocaine, and was involved in money-laundering.

As clemency petitions work their way through the system, the president routinely denies the "vast majority" of requests, a White House official said.

Johnson was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, and appellate courts and the U.S. Supreme Court had denied her appeals.

Looks like Kim Kardashian West's latest wish for positive change has come true. "Once Alice's family joined the call, the tears never stopped flowing", she said.

Last week, Kardashian's meeting with Trump in the Oval Office was widely mocked on social media.

"Her commutation is inspirational & gives hope to so many others who are also deserving of a second chance", she continued.

Johnson said that it's finally "starting to set in that I'm truly free".

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