Woman thanks Trump for 'mercy' in commuting her sentence

Lifestyle       by Asma Malik | Published

Kardashian West tweeted that her phone call with Alice Johnson was "a moment [she] will never forget".

On Wednesday, President Trump commuted the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, who is a nonviolent drug offender, has been serving life in prison for 21 years.

Kardashian West told the Mic that while meeting with Trump, he "really spent the time to listen to our case that we were making for Alice".

"Ms Johnson has accepted responsibility for her past behaviour and has been a model prisoner over the past two decades", the statement reads.

Attorney Brittany K. Barnett, another member of Johnson's legal team, thanked Trump in a statement that said, "Life in prison without the possibility of parole screams that a person is beyond hope, beyond redemption".

"My plan is to start work, I already have a job secured", Johnson said, "and my plan is also to work hard on helping to change some of these laws".

While in prison, where she became a grandmother and great-grandmother, Johnson enrolled in educational and vocational programmes, volunteered to help sick and dying prisoners and helped coordinate the prison's Special Olympics.

"But today is about Alice Johnson and we are elated the Kim Kardashian has done what others have not", she said.

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Working outside the pardon process usually overseen by the Justice Department, Trump has appeared to favor cases championed by friends, celebrities or conservative media, or involve people he sees as rivals.

"It means that someone finally saw me", she told CNN's Anderson Cooper, "someone finally heard me, someone had mercy on me - and that was President Trump, and so I'm so thankful for him and what he's done".

The reality star also revealed that she had the opportunity to personally give Johnson the news.

Kim Kardashian and Donald Trump had an unexpected meeting last week to discuss prison reforms.

Happy that her prison time is over, Johnson noted that she feels she has more than paid her debt to society but she's "not bitter about it". "This just isn't fair.' He knew that this was the right thing to do".

But life as a whole is whatever Johnson now wants to make of it, and she isn't taking one moment for granted.

Kardashian West expressed her gratitude on Twitter: "BEST NEWS EVER!"