President Donald Trump granted a sentence commutation to a 63-year-old drug offender whose cause has been championed by reality television personality Kim Kardashian, the White House announced on Wednesday. Johnson served 21 years for a first-time, nonviolent drug offense.
Johnson was sentenced to life after she was convicted on charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine and attempted possession of cocaine in 1996.
On her release, Johnson thanked Kardashian West for getting involved in her case, describing her as her "war angel" and thanking her for her dedication to Johnson's freedom.
"Her commutation and forthcoming release is inspirational and gives hope to so many others who are also deserving of a second chance", Kardashian West said.
"I would tell President Trump thank you so much". She and her family drove back to Memphis that same night.
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The news comes exactly one week after Kardashian West paid a visit to the White House to meet with the president and lobby for a pardon for Johnson.
Johnson also shared a message for the president.
While in prison, where she became a grandmother and great-grandmother, Johnson enrolled in educational and vocational programmes, volunteered to help sick and dying prisoners and helped coordinate the prison's Special Olympics. "And that's to take a look at her situation, look at the individual, and say, "hey, this person is more than just a number or a statistic", said Scholl.