Alice Johnson, the 63-year-old grandmother whose sentence was commuted Wednesday after Kim Kardashian West convinced President Trump to release her, reunited with her family for the first time in more than two decades.
When she was released from prison in Aliceville, Alabama, she ran across the road, dressed in white garb, and embraced with her family as her emotions poured out of her. Camera crews caught the moment to be remembered forever.
Munroe spoke passionately about all who had helped her, and what this day meant for her and her life. She had been serving a life sentence as a first-time drug offender after being convicted of trafficking cocaine.
“I started screaming, and crying and jumping,” she said when she found out that she was being released, according to CNN. “I think I lost it for a moment.”
“I wanted to tell Kim, my angel, that you never gave up on me,” she added. You never gave up your fight. You were relentless and it has paid off beautifully for me and my family on this day.”
Munroe also had words to say about President Trump, who had the power to commute her sentence. She said she would not let him down.
“I am going to make you proud that you gave me this second chance in life. And I will not disappoint the American pubic or the world that has so much faith in me,” she said.
“It means that someone finally saw me, someone finally heard me, someone had mercy on me – and that was President Trump, and I’m so thankful for him and what he’s done.”
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