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In a move advocated by Kim Kardashian West, Donald Trump commuted a 63-year-old woman’s life sentence for a non-violent drug crime on Wednesday. The president granted clemency to Alice Marie Johnson. And her daughter, Tretessa Johnson, thanked Kardashian West and Trump for her mother’s release in an effusive Facebook post.
On MSNBC, an audibly excited and relieved Tretessa expressed similar joy, “You know, [Kardashian West] is an amazing person and I’ll be forever grateful for what she has done. And I thank President Trump also for extending the mercy choice on my mother and giving her a second chance because this is really saving her life. Because she was going to die and die in prison.”
On Wednesday, the White House released a statement on Johnson saying that the president believed the 63-year-old “has accepted responsibility for her past behavior and has been a model prisoner over the past two decades.” The statement added, “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.”
Tretessa Johnson’s post read:
CLEMENCY GRANTED!!! MAMA IS COMING HOME!!! THANK YOU LORD FOR YOUR GRACE AND BLESSINGS!!!! Thanks so much President Trump for extending mercy towards my mother and giving her her freedom back! My heart is so full of gratitude for the beautiful inside and out Kim Khardashian West who decided to advocate for and essentially save the life of my mother, someone she had never heard of or met! I’m forever grateful for what you have done for my mother and family. Thanks to Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Shawn Holley, Jennifer Turner, Brittany Barnett, Michael Scholl, Kendall Ceisemier, Amy Povah, Jonathan Perri, Topeka Sam, Mic, CAN-DO, Change.org, Nkechi Taifa, Kemba Smith, Maurenne Griece, Various Media Outlets that reported my Mama’s story and others like her, Friends and Family Members who have supported us and were on team Alice from day 1, all those who shared and signed the Change.org petition, Congressmen, Community Leaders, and Organization that supported my mother. If I left you off this list please charge my mind not my heart. I’m so full of thankfulness and joy right now I can barely think straight. Love you all!
Tretessa Johnson, daughter of Alice Johnson, says she’ll be forever grateful to @KimKardashian and thanks President Trump, “this is really saving her life, she was going to die in prison” pic.twitter.com/Y040oElWch
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) June 6, 2018
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