President Donald Trump has commuted the sentence of Alice Johnson who has spent more than twenty years behind bars for drug trafficking.
The 63-year-old Tennessee woman’s cause was championed by Kim Kardashian-West.
Johnson was released Wednesday afternoon. Surrounded by family and media, she thanked Jesus, President Trump, and “our little angel” Kim Kardashian, who brought her case to the attention of the president in an Oval Office meeting last week and is credited with helping secure the clemency.
“I want to first of all thank my Lord and Savior, thank Jesus Christ,” Johnson told the crowd of reporters outside the prison. “Without him, I can do nothing, with him I can do everything.”
“I want to thank President Donald John Trump,” she continued. “Hallelujah. Thank you for giving me another chance at life and restoring me to my family.”
Johnson then turned her praise to Kardashian, “Bless Kim, our little angel. Thank you, thank you.”
“I feel like my life is starting over again. This is a miracle day,” she said.
According to Mic, the outlet that first publicized Johnson’s story, which in turn got the attention of Kardashian West, “Johnson was convicted for her role facilitating communications in a cocaine trafficking operation in Memphis, Tennessee.” She was then handed a sentence of life with no chance of parole, plus another 25 years.
This was Johnson’s first offense.
Once incarcerated, Johnson became a model prisoner, a playwright and minister to the other female prisoners.
There is no record of her ever having been involved in any kind of violence.
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. He really understood, and I am very hopeful that this will turn out really positively.”
“I feel like my life is starting over again. This is a miracle day.”
— ABC News (@ABC) June 6, 2018