Trump Commutes Grandmother's Life Sentence After Meeting With Kim Kardashian West

It's the sixth act of clemency for President Trump.

President Donald Trump has commuted the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, a 62-year-old grandmother serving a life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense, after meeting with Kim Kardashian West last week.

Kardashian West made headlines when she met with President Trump at the White House to discuss prison reform, an issue the president's son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner has been working on during his tenure. During their meeting, Kardashian West explained Johnson's case to Trump and expressed a desire to see her pardoned.


"Ms. Johnson has accepted responsibility for her past behavior and has been a model prisoner over the past two decades," the White House said in a statement. "Despite receiving a life sentence, Alice worked hard to rehabilitate herself in prison, and act as a mentor to her fellow inmates."

Kardashian West tweeted that she told Johnson about the commutation in a phone call, and shared the grandmother's reaction to the good news.

"The phone call I just had with Alice will forever be one of my best memories. Telling her for the first time and hearing her screams while crying together is a moment I will never forget," she wrote.

Johnson was arrested and convicted on charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine and attempted possession of cocaine. She had served 21 years in prison, and despite being a first-time offender she was set to spend the rest of her life in jail. This is the sixth act of clemency from the Trump administration, according to CNN, and the second that came after a celebrity appeal. Last week, President Trump pardoned boxer Jack Johnson after the lobbying of Sylvester Stallone. 

Kardashian West has championed other current inmates, including Cyntoia Brown, who was a teenage sex trafficking victim when she killed a man that she said she believed was reaching for a gun. Brown is currently serving a life sentence, but thanks to Kardashian West, Brown received a new hearing in May. 

While not a full pardon, per Axios, the commutation for Johnson should lead to her release from prison. 

When news of Johnson's commutation broke, Kardashian West also made a point of noting on Twitter that Johnson is far from the only first-time, non-violent offender to have received a harsh, life-altering sentence.

"So grateful to @realDonaldTrump, Jared Kushner & to everyone who has showed compassion & contributed countless hours to this important moment for Ms. Alice Marie Johnson," she wrote. "Her commutation is inspirational & gives hope to so many others who are also deserving of a second chance. I hope to continue this important work by working together with organizations who have been fighting this fight for much longer than I have and deserve the recognition."

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