It was an emotional afternoon for Alice Marie Johnson.
The 63-year-old great-grandmother was granted clemency by Donald Trump just a week after Kim Kardashian met with 45 on Alice’s behalf.
Kardashian got to break the news to Johnson over the phone.
“Telling her for the first time and hearing her screams while crying together is a moment I will never forget,” the social media sensation tweeted, saying it “will forever be one of my best memories.”
The reality television star initially became involved in Johnson’s case in October after watching a Mic Opinion video of Johnson sharing her story from behind bars. She tweeted the clip and then enlisted the help of her personal attorney Shawn Chapman Holley for legal support.
Holley told the website The Blast that she was on the “wonderful, emotional and amazing phone call with Alice, Kim and Alice’s lawyers.”
“It was a moment I will never forget. Once Alice’s family joined the call, the tears never stopped flowing,” she said.
One of Johnson’s attorneys, Brittany K. Barnett, similarly applauded Johnson’s clemency.
“Justice has been served today, and it’s long overdue. Alice has more than paid her debt to society by serving over 21 years of a life-without-parole sentence as a non-violent drug offender,” she said in a statement.
“Life without the possibility of parole screams that a person is beyond hope, beyond redemption. And in Alice’s case, it is a punishment that absolutely did not fit the crime. President Trump saved Alice Johnson’s life today. We are extremely grateful and hope the President continues to use his clemency power to save lives.”
Watch the emotional reunion below.
Alice Johnson, the moment she was released from prison and reunited with her family pic.twitter.com/qRi9HhI0JY
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