Alice Marie Johnson Celebrates After Prison Release: ‘I Love You, President Trump’

Hugh Fox
June 10, 2018

Alice Marie Johnson is serving a life sentence in prison for first-time, nonviolent drug offenses.

"I just got off the most wonderful, emotional, and incredible phone call with Alice, Kim, and Alice's lawyers", Kardashian West's attorney Shawn Holley told Business Insider in a statement.

After more than two decades behind bars Alice Marie Johnson was given a presidential pardon by Donald Trump. "Despite receiving a life sentence, Alice worked hard to rehabilitate herself in prison, and act as a mentor to her fellow inmates", the White House said in a statement announcing the commutation of her sentence. "Kim and I are standing by to speak with Miss Alice now".

Kim Kardashian and Donald Trump had an unexpected meeting last week to discuss prison reforms.

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The great-grandmother and her many loved ones - including her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren - gathered around a table at The Hub in Memphis, Tenn., for a family dinner 25 years in the making.

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. "They said that they could see the place where my body lay, but they can never take me home again".

However, she told Jones that her husband's endorsement of the president and her efforts on behalf of Johnson are separate, and dismissed those who say she was "used" by Trump.

Cameras captured Johnson's reunion with family members Wednesday night after a van transported her outside the prison.

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"I am feeling no handcuffs, nothing on me", Johnson, clutching flowers given to her by her family, said through tears to reporters.

When the news broke, Kim tweeted, "BEST NEWS EVER!". "That I am going to be that one that is going to make you so proud and I hope that my life will encourage him to do this for others, too", Johnson said in an interview on CBS This Morning Thursday. "We are extremely grateful and hope the President continues to use his clemency power to save lives".

Johnson is the second person commuted by Trump since taking office.

She also acknowledged that many people had worked on Johnson's case for years.

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Johnson said that it's finally "starting to set in that I'm truly free".

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