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Alice Johnson pens emotional letter thanking Kim Kardashian for meeting with Trump

Alice Johnson has penned an emotional letter to Kim Kardashian, thanking the reality television star for meeting with Donald Trump to ask him to pardon her.

Kardashian met with Trump, Jared Kushner, and Ivanka Trump, to discuss prison reform and plead the great-grandmother’s case at the White House on Wednesday.

Johnson, 63, is currently 21 years into her mandatory life sentence for a first-time drug offense.

But in her letter Johnson praised Kardashian and said there were ‘no words’ that could truly express her ‘deep and heartfelt gratitude’. 

Alice Johnson has penned an emotional letter to Kim Kardashian, thanking the reality television star for meeting with Donald Trump to ask for her pardon

Kardashian met with Trump, as well as Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, to discuss prison reform and plead the great-grandmother's case on Wednesday  

Kardashian met with Trump, as well as Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, to discuss prison reform and plead the great-grandmother’s case on Wednesday  

Johnson's 45-year-old daughter Catina Johnson (pictured) told DailyMail.com that Kim Kardashian has given her mother 'so much hope' as she fights to have her life sentence pardoned

Johnson (pictured) is now 21 years into her mandatory life sentence for a nonviolent drug crime

Johnson’s 45-year-old daughter Catina Johnson (left) told DailyMail.com that Kardashian has given her mother ‘so much hope’ as she fights to have her life sentence pardoned. Johnson (right) is now 21 years into her mandatory life sentence for a nonviolent drug crime

‘Ms Kardashian you are literally helping to save my life and restore me to my family,’ Johnson wrote in the letter, which Kardashian later posted on her Instagram story.

‘I was drowning and you have thrown me a life jacket and given me hope that this Life jacket I’m serving may one day be taken off.

‘I am so humbled by what you are doing and have already done on my behalf.’  

Johnson first mentioned Rosa Parks’ fight for civil rights before revealing she believed Kardashian would also one day make history.  

‘I believe that history will record that Kim Kardashian had the courage to take a stand against human warehousing,’ she wrote. 

The president said he had had a 'great meeting' with the reality star after they discussed a possible pardon for Johnson

The president said he had had a ‘great meeting’ with the reality star after they discussed a possible pardon for Johnson

Kim Kardashian tweeted her thanks to the president after they spoke at the White House

Kim Kardashian tweeted her thanks to the president after they spoke at the White House

Kardashian also tweeted her thanks to the president after they spoke at the White House

Roseanne Barr also tweeted her support for the reality star's work on Thursday morning

Roseanne Barr also tweeted her support for the reality star’s work on Thursday morning

Johnson said she also believed that Kardashian would one day be remembered as a ‘key figure’ in making ‘meaningful criminal justice reform’ a reality. 

‘A million trillion thanks! May God’s blessings rest upon you and yours. THE BATTLE IS ON,’ she concluded.   

Following her meeting with Trump, Kardashian thanked the president for ‘his time’.   

‘It is our hope that the President will grant clemency to Ms Alice Marie Johnson who is serving a life sentence for a first-time, non-violent drug offense,’ she tweeted. 

‘We are optimistic about Ms Johnson’s future and hopeful that she – and so many like her – will get a second chance at life.’

Earlier Kardashian had wished Johnson a happy birthday and said: ‘Today is for you’. 

Kardashian was later pictured arriving at Ivanka and Kushner's home in Kalorama Heights 

Kardashian was later pictured arriving at Ivanka and Kushner’s home in Kalorama Heights 

The guests were seen through the window smiling at the house in Washington after Kardashian's meeting with President Trump

The guests were seen through the window smiling at the house in Washington after Kardashian’s meeting with President Trump

Kardashian is seen here standing alongside Jared Kushner (right) and Ivanka (center)

Kardashian is seen here standing alongside Jared Kushner (right) and Ivanka (center)

The First Daughter smiled as her guests left the Washington home on Wednesday night 

The First Daughter smiled as her guests left the Washington home on Wednesday night 

President Trump posted a picture of the pair at their meeting, saying: ‘Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing.’ 

Disgraced television star Roseanne Barr also threw in her support on Thursday morning, tweeting to Kardashian: ‘Awesome work, Mrs West’.

Kardashian was later pictured at Ivanka and Kushner’s home in Kalorama Heights. 

She reportedly had been involved in private discussions with the pair about the meeting and prison reform for several months.   

Johnson’s daughter told DailyMail.com that Kardashian has been a ‘godsend’ for her mother.  

‘Kim has given my mom so much hope, she’s has been a Godsend,’ Catina Johnson said.

‘God sends people into your life and for him to lead her into our lives, my mom’s life, has been a Godsend.’

Johnson has been fighting for clemency for years. She's pictured above center with family members, including daughters Catina (second from left) and Tretessa (right)

Johnson has been fighting for clemency for years. She’s pictured above center with family members, including daughters Catina (second from left) and Tretessa (right)

ALICE JOHNSON’S EMOTIONAL LETTER TO KIM KARDASHIAN 

Dear Ms Kardashian,

I am so humbled by what you are doing and have already done on my behalf. When I spoke with Attorney Shawn Holley and she disclosed the name of my benefactor, I had to take time to process and digest the news that you were the one she had been alluding to.

There are no words strong enough to express my deep and heartfelt gratitude. Ms Kardashian you are literally helping to save my life and restore me to my family. I was drowning and you have thrown me a lifejacket and given me hope that this Life jacket I’m serving may one day be taken off.

There are defining moments in history that have shaped the destiny of this nation. I believe that we are a part of a defining moment. When Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on that bus (the same year when I was born – 1955)…that was a defining moment. She was an ordinary woman whose courage ignited and united the heart of America to stand together against a very present evil that could no longer be tolerated.

This is so much bigger than either one of us. I believe that history will record that Kim Kardashian had the courage to take a stand against human warehousing and was a key figure in meaningful criminal justice reform becoming a reality.

A million trillion thanks! May God’s blessings rest upon you and yours.

THE BATTLE IS ON.

Sincerely,

Alice Marie Johnson 

Catina, who lives in Memphis, Tennessee with her children and grandchildren, said that she had not heard from Kardashian personally nor had any contact with the Trump administration about her mother’s case.

Former President Barack Obama denied Johnson’s appeal for clemency during his second term.

Catina, 45, said her family was at a loss as to why Obama did not pardon her mother, when he did so many others with similar circumstances.

‘We don’t know, we still don’t know. All we know is that she was denied, that’s it. I have yet to get an explanation for that,’ Catina said.

There are no parole hearings at a federal level, so pardoning is Johnson’s only hope.

‘There is no opportunity other than Trump,’ Catina said.

The story about the great-grandmother’s conviction and incarceration caught the eye of Kardashian on Twitter last year.

Ever since the reality star has been campaigning for her release, and was involved in months of talks with the White House.

Catina said that the public interest in her case had given her mother a great deal of hope. 

Johnson, a mother-of-five, grandmother-of-six and great-grandmother of one, was convicted of conspiracy to possess cocaine and attempted possession of cocaine in 1996

Johnson, a mother-of-five, grandmother-of-six and great-grandmother of one, was convicted of conspiracy to possess cocaine and attempted possession of cocaine in 1996

Johnson became involved in a drug syndicate that imported cocaine into Memphis, Tennessee, after a devastating few years where she was divorced, lost her youngest son in a scooter accident, and filed for bankruptcy

Johnson became involved in a drug syndicate that imported cocaine into Memphis, Tennessee, after a devastating few years where she was divorced, lost her youngest son in a scooter accident, and filed for bankruptcy

Johnson is pictured above in her younger years with her daughter Tretessa

Johnson and her daughter are pictured years later

Johnson is pictured above in her younger years. Left, she is pictured as a teen with her daughter Tretessa in her arms. Right she and her daughter are pictured years later

During her time in prison, Johnson (second from right with fellow inmates) has displayed exemplary behavior, become an ordained minister, a published writer and a prison tutor

During her time in prison, Johnson (second from right with fellow inmates) has displayed exemplary behavior, become an ordained minister, a published writer and a prison tutor

‘She is excited, she is hoping everything goes well. She is just praying,’ Catina said. 

Johnson, a mother-of-five, grandmother-of-six and great-grandmother of one, was convicted of conspiracy to possess cocaine, attempted possession of cocaine, and money laundering in 1996.

She was a first time offender, and sentenced to life behind bars.

Johnson grew up in Olive Branch, Mississippi, and was married and pregnant by age 15.

In her mid 30s in the early 1990s, Johnson divorced her husband, lost her job at FedEx due to a gambling addiction, and hit rock bottom when her youngest son, Cory, was killed in a scooter accident.

Johnson became involved in a drug syndicate that imported cocaine into Memphis, where she acted as a go-between and relayed messages to drug dealers.

She acted as a middle man for the drug traffickers, passing on the messages in code via telephone, but claims she never sold drugs.

Johnson was arrested along with 15 others in 1993 on charges including conspiracy to possess cocaine, attempted possession of cocaine, and money laundering. 

Johnson's daughters Catina (left) and Tretessa (right) have long fought for their mother's conviction to be pardoned

Johnson’s daughters Catina (left) and Tretessa (right) have long fought for their mother’s conviction to be pardoned

Catina, pictured left with Tretessa at a White House event, said that her family has suffered from Johnson's absence for the past two decades

Catina, pictured left with Tretessa at a White House event, said that her family has suffered from Johnson’s absence for the past two decades

But ten of her alleged co-conspirators turned against her in exchange for reduced sentencing or dropped charges. 

At the time of Johnson’s February 1997 sentencing, federal laws mandated a life sentence, despite the fact that Johnson was a first-time, nonviolent offender.

US District Judge Julia Gibbons, who sentenced Johnson, called the then 42-year-old the ‘quintessential entrepreneur’ of the drug ring.

‘And clearly the impact of 2,000 to 3,000 kilograms of cocaine in this community is very significant,’ Gibbons said at the sentencing. 

During her time in prison, Johnson has displayed exemplary behavior, become an ordained minister, a published writer and a prison tutor, a biography from Can Do Clemency reports. 

Johnson is among hundreds of cases that the ACLU has taken on and she has gained the support of congressmen and women, prison advocacy groups, the African American Mayors Association, and clergy in Tennessee, Texas, and Mississippi. 

Her daughter Catina said that the family has suffered from her absence for the past two decades.

‘It’s been hard because you have deaths, birthdays, births and everything and she’s not there. She has missed all of those milestones.’

‘My grandparents passed away a few years ago. Her dad passed away first and then a few years later, her mother, my grandmother, passed. She wasn’t allowed to come to their funerals.’ 

WHO IS ALICE JOHNSON AND WHY IS KIM KARDASHIAN INVOLVED?

Alice Marie Johnson, a mother-of-five, grandmother-of-six and great-grandmother of one, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after being convicted of drug dealing in 1996. 

It was her first conviction and her 15 conspirators all testified against in exchange for having their charges dropped.   

The 63-year-old grew up in Olive Branch, Mississippi, and was married and pregnant by age 15.

In 1989, she and her husband divorced. Her life started to crumble as she struggled, as a single mother, to try and be financially stable for her five children, reports Mic. However, in 1990, because of a gambling addition, she was sacked by FedEx Corporation. 

After filing for bankruptcy in 1991, Johnson lost her house. The next year, a scooter accident claimed the life of her youngest son, Cory.

It was while she was at rock bottom that Johnson became involved in a drug syndicate that imported cocaine into Memphis, Tennessee, where she acted as a go-between and passed on messages to drug dealers, relaying coded messages like ‘everything is straight’ by telephone.  

While admitting to acting as a middle man for the drug traffickers, passing on the messages in code via telephone, Johnson claims she never sold drugs.

She was arrested along with 15 others in 1993 on charges including conspiracy to possess cocaine, attempted possession of cocaine and money laundering.

But ten of her alleged co-conspirators turned against her in exchange for reduced sentencing or dropped charges. 

During the trial, evidence showed an operation with Texas-based Colombian drug dealers and their Memphis connections trading tons of cocaine for millions of dollars in cash, according to a report in The Tennessean (Nashville) in 1997.

At the time of Johnson’s February 1997 sentencing, federal laws mandated a life sentence, despite the fact Johnson was a first-time, nonviolent offender.

US District Judge Julia Gibbons, who sentenced Johnson, called the then 42-year-old the ‘quintessential entrepreneur’ of the drug ring.

‘And clearly the impact of 2,000 to 3,000 kilograms of cocaine in this community is very significant,’ Gibbons said at the sentencing.

Johnson is now 21 years into her life sentence at FCI Aliceville, in Aliceville, Alabama.

Her eldest daughter Tretessa Johnson, told Mic several years ago, ‘It’s like a waking death; it’s like the person is alive but they’re not. There’s never a point of closure, ever. It’s heartbreaking for me.’

Tretessa has organised an online petition, via change.org, calling for her to be released, explaining that her family’s life ‘changed forever’ when she was sentenced to life in federal prison.

She said her mother had explained that she became a telephone mule passing messages between her co-conspirators after losing her job at FedEx.

Alice Johnson is quoted on Tretessa’s petition: ‘I couldn’t find a job fast enough to take care of my family. I felt like a failure.

‘I went to a complete panic and out of desperation I made one of the worst decisions in my life to make some quick money. I became involved in a drug conspiracy’.

Tretessa said that her ‘mom’s desire upon release is to assist the community with the needs of ex-offenders to help reduce recidivism. 

‘It serves no purpose or benefit to society to have her locked up for life. Her large and loving immediate and extended family and friends would welcome her return.’

During her time in prison, Johnson has displayed exemplary behavior, become an ordained minister, a published writer and a prison tutor, a biography from Can Do Clemency reports. 

She has gained a large following of people pushing for her to be granted clemency. Part of this push saw her story turned into a short video, which went viral on social media.

Kim Kardashian saw the video and retweeted it to her millions of followers with the caption: ‘This is so unfair’ in October last year. 

Since then, she has been working to help Johnson receive clemency from President Donald Trump. 

The reality star had her personal lawyer begin working on Johnson’s case, the New York Daily News reported, and has spent months in conversation with Jared Kushner, who is a senior adviser to Trump and his son-in-law, on the topic.

In late November, a grateful Johnson penned a moving letter to Kardashian, saying her efforts were ‘literally helping to save my life’.

‘I was drowning, and you have thrown me a life jacket and given me hope,’ she wrote.   



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