Donald Trump commutes sentence for Kardashian-backed drug offender

Kim Kardashian West and President Donald Trump

63-year-old grandmother Alice Marie Johnson was on Wednesday released from prison after her life sentence was commuted by President Donald Trump.

Reality television star Kim Kardashian met with Trump last week to discuss pardoning Johnson.

Following their encounter, Trump tweeted, "Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing", while Kardashian shared that she felt "optimistic" about the situation. The indictment describes dozens of deliveries and drug transactions involving Johnson, who was a leader in a multi-million dollar cocaine ring.

Following the announcement, Kardashian took to Twitter to praise the President's "compassion" and to thank everyone who had contributed to the "countless hours" it took to free Johnson. Following her meeting, Kim tweeted: "I would like to thank President Trump for his time this afternoon".

When Kim Kardashian West learned that Alice Marie Johnson - a nonviolent drug offender serving a life sentence - would be freed, she broke the news to her while sobbing on the phone. "Good luck to Alice Johnson", he wrote.

Last week, the Keeping up with the Kardashians star said she had been in touch with Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, over the case.

Indeed, the wife of former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his Russian Federation contacts, appeared on Fox News this week to lobby her husband's case. "I'll never forget what you have done, not only for me, but for my family". As soon as she stepped out of the van, she ran toward waiting family members who greeted her with hugs, flowers and tears. She said Johnson's commutation "is inspirational and gives hope to so many others who are also deserving of a second chance".

Image: Johnson had spent more than 20 years in prison.

"I keep touching her to make sure she is real".

Johnson said remained hopeful and sustained herself on the support from her family.

Scholl added that Johnson has admitted her wrongdoing, which is borne out in letters she has written to U.S. District Judge Samuel H. Mays, who now oversees her case. She was convicted in 1996 for conspiracy to possess cocaine, attempted possession of cocaine and money laundering and sentenced one year later to life without a chance of parole.

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