Grandmother gets pardon after Kardashian meets Trump
Jun 08, 2018, 05:41
One week after the Keeping Up star met up with President Donald Trumpto seek clemency for Alice Johnson, a 63-year-old grandmother who has served nearly 22 years of a life sentence for a non-violent drug offense, the former Celebrity Apprentice host chose to honor Kardashian's request and pardon Johnson.
CNN reports that Trump is on somewhat of a pardoning spree, and that the White House has prepared the paperwork for 30 people, Johnson included.
She said she would be an active force in the Trump administration's efforts at prison reform, led by son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner.
Previous appeals to the US Supreme Court have been thrown out and court records show Johnson has a motion pending for a reduction in her sentence.
Responding to the decision, the reality star tweeted: "BEST NEWS EVER". "Since being incarcerated she has been a model prisoner who mentors women and has become an ordained minister", she wrote.
Kardashian West's attorney, Shawn Holley, tells ET that the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star personally called Johnson on the phone to break the news to her on Wednesday.
Alice Johnson was released from federal prison hours after Mr. Trump's order, with footage showing her running toward her family, throwing her arms open wide and embracing them in front of a crowd. Then, she received a phone call from her mother. "We are optimistic about Ms. Johnson's future and hopeful that she -and so many like her-will get a second chance at life", she added. She was convicted in 1996 for "leading a multi-million-dollar drug ring that dealt in tons of cocaine from 1991-1994", according to the Tennessean. You were relentless and it has paid off beautifully for me and my family on this day.
Johnson has a job lined up as an administrative assistant in a dental office, but she said she'll keep pushing for sentencing reform for nonviolent first-time offenders who don't pose a threat to their communities.
Image: Johnson had spent more than 20 years in prison.
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