Alice Marie Johnson released from prison, thanks Trump for commuting sentence

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Citing Johnson's good behavior and rehabilitation, President Trump on Wednesday commuted the first-time nonviolent drug offender's life sentence a week after meeting with Kardashian.

Alice Marie Johnson thanked President Donald Trump on Thursday for commuting her life sentence and said it was divine intervention that made Kim Kardashian appeal to the commander-in-chief on her behalf. The statement noted Johnson was known as a mentor to other inmates, and cited recommendations for clemency from prison officials.

Christine Samra is a web and social media producer for KPIX 5.

Johnson was convicted in 1996 on eight criminal counts related to a Memphis-based cocaine trafficking operation involving more than a dozen people. "Without her, I would still be in Aliceville", Johnson said. "And in Alice's case, it is a punishment that absolutely did not fit the crime".

"She told me that she knew that this was meant to be", Johnson said.

So far, Trump has issued a half dozen pardons, including to Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff known for violating the civil rights of people of color who was convicted of contempt of the court previous year; Irve Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff who was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice in 2007; and conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza, who pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations back in 2014.

Now free, Kim is planning on meeting with Alice Marie Johnson face to face after she was initially moved by her story via Twitter. "She's achieved something for one person in one case".

Kardashian said the President shared the news that he granted Johnson's freedom in a phone call to the reality star.

Trump issued a posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champion, who was sent to prison a century ago in a racially charged case.

Johnson, who recently celebrating her 63rd birthday, is expected to be released soon. "I hope to continue this important work by working together with organizations who have been fighting this fight for much longer than I have and deserve the recognition".

"This is a miracle day, this is one of the greatest days of my life, the most unexpected thing to happen to me in my life".

"This moment right now I happening because President Trump had mercy on me and I'd like to tell him that please, please remember the others who have been behind because there are so many, as you say like me who need to have the opportunity that I've had".

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