Trump commutes Alice Marie Johnson's sentence following meeting with Kim Kardashian West

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After President Donald Trump commuted Alice Johnson's sentence following an Oval Office meeting with Kim Kardashian West, the first-time, nonviolent drug offender, who was serving life without the possibility of parole, is praising the president for his mercy.

Shawn Holley, who accompanied Kardashian West to the White House last week, says that Kardashian West was the one who told Johnson she was being released in a phone call.

When WREG spoke to her Thursday, she'd only slept a couple of hours since being released from an Alabama prison, but said she is enjoying every second of her new freedom.

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It was a sweet ending to the mission Kardashian said she joined after seeing a story by chance about Johnson's case on her Twitter feed about seven months ago. "To save someone's life and do that once a year, then that would make [my] heart fuller".

When the news broke, Kim tweeted, "BEST NEWS EVER!". The reality star became interested in the case after seeing a feature from Mic.

Kardashian said she "knew there was going to be tons of backlash", for taking the meeting with the President. "I want to thank Donald John Trump". After having her sentence commuted by President Trump, she was freed Wednesday after nearly 22 years in a federal prison.

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On Wednesday, the White House announced that it had commuted the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old great grandmother who was convicted of cocaine trafficking in 1996.

Kardashian said: "I felt like she's a good person".

Kim Kardashian met with Trump last week to put in motion what she had been working toward for the past year: to get Johnson back home to her family. "I'd like to tell him that, please, please remember us, the others who have been left behind because there are so many like me who need to have an opportunity, the opportunity that I've had", she said. "But you have the regular people who don't have the viral video, who are not wealthy, who do not have connections, and there still is prison for sentences just like Alice Johnson". His own father, Charles Kushner, served time in federal prison for white collar crimes, including illegal campaign contributions and tax evasion.

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Johnson also shared a message for the president.

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