Trump, after Kardashian appeal, commutes sentence of drug offender

WASHINGTON- US President Donald Trump  has commuted the prison sentence of a 63-year-old woman whose release had been championed by reality TV star Kim Kardashian.

Alice Marie Johnson, 63, had served nearly 22 years of a life sentence for a non-violent drug offense.

Kim Kardashian had been championing for the release of Johnson and meet with Trump at the White House last week to appeal to the president for the release of the great-grandmother convicted of cocaine trafficking.

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White House said in a statement, “Despite receiving a life sentence, Alice worked hard to rehabilitate herself in prison, and act as a mentor to her fellow inmates,”

“While this Administration will always be very tough on crime, it believes that those who have paid their debt to society and worked hard to better themselves while in prison deserve a second chance,” it said.

Kardashian welcomed the commutation of Johnson’s sentence, she tweeted, “BEST NEWS EVER!!!!“

After their meeting with Kardashian last week, Trump tweeted, “Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing.”

Kanye West has recently raised some eyebrows by tweeting his “love” for Trump and describing him as a “brother” with whom he shared “dragon energy.”

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