Only a week after assembly with Kim Kardashian West to debate the case of Alice Marie Johnson—the 63-year-old grandmother serving a life sentence for a primary offense, nonviolent drug cost—President Donald Trump has issued a pardon, the Related Press confirms.
"I feel that he actually spent the time to hearken to our case that we're making for Alice," Kardashian West mentioned after the assembly. "He actually understood, and I’m very hopeful that this can end up actually positively I hope."
Trump tweeted, "Nice assembly with @KimKardashian at this time, talked about jail reform and sentencing."
Johnson was convicted in 1996 on eight legal counts stemming from a Memphis-based cocaine-trafficking operation involving greater than a dozen individuals. She was sentenced to life in jail (with out parole) in 1997. She advised Mic that she grew to become concerned in drug trafficking because of monetary hardship precipitated partially by shedding her job because of a playing dependancy and a motorbike accident involving her son.
“I went into a whole panic, and out of desperation, I made one of many worst selections of my life to make some fast cash,” Johnson mentioned.
It was really a Mic video that alerted Kardashian to Johnson's scenario. Quickly after, she obtained her lawyer, Shawn Holley, concerned. In a November letter, Johnson wrote a letter to the E! star:
"Ms. Kardashian you might be actually serving to to save lots of my life and restore me to my household. I used to be drowning and you’ve got thrown me a life jacket and given me hope."
This life sentence commutation is the newest in a string of pardons by the President, a lot of which have been controversial. Simply final week he granted clemency to conservative creator Dinish D'Souza. Beforehand, he used his presidential energy to pardon Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio for legal contempt of court docket.
Arpaio was convicted of ignoring a federal decide's orders to cease racial profiling immigrants.
Kardashian, in fact, was happy to listen to of the President's determination tweeting, "BEST NEWS EVER!!!! 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼"
The White Home launched an announcement saying partially, "Ms. Johnson has accepted duty for her previous conduct and has been a mannequin prisoner over the previous 20 years…. Whereas this administration will at all times be very powerful on crime, it believes that those that have paid their debt to society and labored exhausting to higher themselves whereas in jail deserve a second likelihood."
Johnson's date of launch has not been made public.