The White House says President Donald Trump has commuted the sentence of a woman whose case was championed by reality star Kim Kardashian West, saying she’s been a model inmate.
The 63-year-old Alice Marie Johnson has served more than two decades in federal prison for drug offenses.
The White House says in a statement that Johnson “has accepted responsibility for her past behavior and has been a model prisoner over the past two decades,” working to rehabilitate herself and acting as a mentor to fellow inmates.
They note her warden, case manager, and vocational training instructor have all written letters in support of her clemency.
Kardashian West is also responding to the decision, tweeting “BEST NEWS EVER!!!!”
Kardashian went on to tweet:
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.— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) June 6, 2018
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.— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) June 6, 2018
Famed entertainment attorney, Shawn Holley, a lawyer for Kardashian West describes the moment Johnson found out President Donald Trump had commuted her sentence.
Holley, who accompanied Kardashian West to the White House last week on behalf of Johnson’s case, says that Kardashian West was the one who told Johnson she was being released in a phone call.
Holley says in a statement that she, “just got off the most wonderful, emotional and amazing phone call with Alice, Kim and Alice’s lawyers.”
She says that once Johnson’s family joined the call, “the tears never stopped flowing.”