President Donald Trump has commuted the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson.
The 63-year old grandmother has already served 21 years of a life sentence after being convicted on charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine and attempted possession of cocaine. Johnson, a first-time non-violent drug offender, was pardoned a week after Kim Kardashian pleaded her case with Trump.
Kim Kardashian has recently become passionate about social justice and says she’s planning to change people’s lives one person at a time.
Last Wednesday Kardashian found herself in the midst of a media storm as reports circulated that she was meeting with President Trump at the White House to discuss prison reform.
And the reality star was campaigning for the release of one prisoner in particular: Alice Marie Johnson.
Johnson got mixed up in drug trafficking following a particularly rough period in her life. She lost her job at FedEx where she had worked for 10 years (due to a gambling addiction), got divorced, and then her youngest son died in a motorcycle accident.
This traumatic series of events is what led her to become involved with drugs.
As she told Mic: “I felt like a failure… I went into a complete panic and out of desperation, I made one of the worst decisions of my life to make some quick money. I became involved in a drug conspiracy.”
One of the most stunning things about this case is that even though her 1993 arrest was her first offense she was given a life sentence without the chance of parole.
Johnson was convicted in 1996 on eight criminal counts stemming from a Memphis-based cocaine trafficking operation involving more than a dozen people.
Ten of her co-defendants testified against her during her trial in exchange for a reduced or dropped charges. For some reason Johnson was never offered the same plea deal and she was sentenced to life in prison in 1997.