Trump Commutes Sentence of Great-Grandma Jailed for Life

Kim Kardashian had lobbied for Alice Marie Johnson's release
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2018 1:16 PM CDT
This combination photo shows President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Moon Township, Pa., on March 10, 2018, left, and Kim Kardashian West at the NBCUniversal Network 2017 Upfront in New York on...   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Just one week after Kim Kardashian met with President Trump to argue the case of a great-grandmother sentenced to life in prison over a first-time drug conviction, the POTUS took action. He granted clemency to Alice Marie Johnson Wednesday, commuting the life sentence of the 63-year-old Tennessee woman who was found guilty of cocaine conspiracy and money laundering charges. She has been in federal prison for more than two decades, NPR reports, during which time supporters have argued for her release, pointing out the non-violent nature of her offense and the fact that she's been a model prisoner.

"BEST NEWS EVER!!!!" Kardashian tweeted Wednesday alongside a link to the news. "So grateful to @realDonaldTrump, Jared Kushner & to everyone who has showed compassion & contributed countless hours to this important moment for Ms. Alice Marie Johnson. Her commutation is inspirational & gives hope to so many others who are also deserving of a second chance," she added. In a statement, the White House said Johnson "has accepted responsibility for her past behavior." "While this administration will always be very tough on crime, it believes that those who have paid their debt to society and worked hard to better themselves while in prison deserve a second chance," the statement says. Prior to Johnson, Trump had issued five pardons and one commutation; he's considering others. (Read more President Trump stories.)

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