Trump Pardons Alice Johnson, Grandmother Serving Life Sentence

Donald Trump, Kim Kardashian West
Kim Kardashian West meets with President Donald Trump to discuss the possible pardon of Alice Marie Johnson, a great-grandmother serving a life sentence for a drug conviction. (Courtesy of the White House)

President Trump on Wednesday commuted the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old Tennessee woman serving a life sentence for a nonviolent drug conviction more than 20 years ago.

Johnson had become a cause célèbre for criminal reform activists, and Kim Kardashian West, who had vowed to do all she could to help her obtain a pardon, met last week with the president and Jared Kushner, his son in-law and senior adviser, to discuss the issue.

Johnson, who has been serving a life sentence since 1996 and had not been eligible for a federal parole, had reportedly helped lead a multimillion-dollar cocaine ring from 1991 to 1994.

She said she turned to drug trafficking following a series of personal tragedies, including the loss of her job at FedEx and the death of her son, news website Mic.com reported.

Trump is preparing to pardon as many as 30 convicted felons, CNN reported.

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