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Alice Marie Johnson's life changed on Wednesday - and she has US President Donald Trump and Kim Kardashian West to thank.

Kardashian West became interested in Alice Marie Johnson after she saw a Mic interview about her case.

Tretessa Johnson, Catina Johnson's sister, said she always thought she'd greet her mother the moment she walked out of prison.

Now, according to TMZ, the President signed off on her sentence being commuted on Wednesday, and Alice will soon be released from the Aliceville Correctional Facility in Alabama.

Kim took to Twitter immediately after the news broke to share her happiness.

West allegedly told Owens that she was lovely and smart and could be the first female president of the United States. She went on to say that her heart "is so full of gratitude for the lovely inside and out Kim Khardashian West who made a decision to advocate for and essentially save the life of my mother, someone she had never heard of or met!"

"Thank you", Johnson said.

The television personality later tweeted to say she spoke to Johnson on the phone to tell her the news, saying the phone call was "one of my best memories".

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She celebrated the good news on Wednesday, tweeting a link about the pardon and writing: "BEST NEWS EVER!" alongside three praying hand emojis. "One of my family members one time, and I'll never forget this, they said that coming to visit me in prison is like visiting a gravesite", said Johnson.

President Donald Trump commuted the sentence of Alice Johnson, who was sentenced in 1997 on money laundering and drug conspiracy charges. Her Warden, Case Manager, and Vocational Training Instructor have all written letters in support of her clemency.

The White House said she had been a model prisoner and worked hard to rehabilitate herself.

Johnson's plea for clemency was denied by President Barack Obama in just weeks before he left office in 2017, despite an initiative aimed at freeing drug offenders serving long mandatory minimum sentences.

"Dear Ms. Kardashian, I am so humbled by what you are doing and have already done on my behalf".

Trump has pardoned Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, former Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, and Kristian Saucier, a Navy sailor who pleaded guilty to an unauthorized possession of classified information and who argued he was held to a different standard than Hillary Clinton.

Back in October, Johnson, 63, told Mic her story and how she initially got involved in drug trafficking due to financial hardships.

With Johnson's clemency, there is possibly hope that others facing life for nonviolent charges will also be granted clemency.


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