President Donald Trump announced he commuted the life sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old serving for a first-time, nonviolent drug offense, on Wednesday.
Trump’s decision comes days after reality star Kim Kardashian spoke with the president at the White House about prison reform and sentencing. Kardashian has spent months using her platform to bring attention to Johnson’s case. She met with the president to discuss the possibility of revisiting Johnson’s sentence.
As we reported … KKW met with Trump last week at the White House to talk prison reform and about Alice’s case. She and her attorney, Shawn Holley, were working with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner for several months on Johnson’s case.
Kanye‘s recent public support of Trump probably had some influence on 45’s decision, as well.
The 62-year-old grandma’s case became national news last year when Kim tweeted about it — she was sentenced to life in prison without parole in 1997 on money laundering and drug conspiracy charges … her first offenses.
Many expected Johnson to be released in December 2016 when Obama granted clemency to many similar nonviolent offenders … but Alice was passed up. Not long after, Kim K started pushing hard to make it happen … and Alice wrote her a heartfelt thank-you note.
This is excellent news.