'You are helping to save my life': Kim Kardashian receives heartfelt thanks from grandmother serving life in prison after reality star enlists legal team to help free her
- Alice Marie Johnson, now 62, was sentenced to life in federal prison 20 years ago for her involvement in a cocaine ring
- It was Johnson's first offence and a non-violent crime
- Kardashian, 37, enlisted her legal team to help with Johnson's case
- Johnson thanked the KUWTK star and compared her to civil rights activist Rosa Parks
- The reality star is also backing Cyntoia Brown, a former child sex slave who has been jailed for killing her abuser when she was 16
Kim Kardashian received a letter of thanks from a grandmother who is receiving a life sentence with no chance of parole for a non-violent first offence.
The reality star, 37, had enlisted her legal team to help with Alice Marie Johnson, now 62, who was sentenced to life in federal prison 20 years ago for her involvement in a cocaine ring.
In the letter, obtained by TMZ, Johnson wrote: 'Dear Ms. Kardashian, I am so humbled by what you are doing and have already done on my behalf.'
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Praised: Kim Kardashian received a letter of thanks from a grandmother who is receiving a life sentence with no chance of parole for a non-violent first offence
Imprisoned: The reality star had enlisted her legal team to help with Alice Marie Johnson (pictured) now 62, who was sentenced to life in federal prison 20 years ago for her involvement in a cocaine ring
She continued: '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 to 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 life jacket 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 part of a defining moment. When Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on that bus (the same year that I was born – 1955)… that was a defining moment.
Campaigning: Kardashian instructed her lawyer Shawn Holley (right) to help the campaign
'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 blessing rest upon you and yours. THE BATTLE IS ON!'
Charitable: Kardashian recently enlisted her legal team to help in Johnson's case as well as Cyntoia Brown, a former child sex slave who killed her abuser when she was 16
Johnson - a single mother struggling to provide for her five children - acted as a go-between and relayed messages to drug dealers, but claims she never sold narcotics during her involvement with a group who sold cocaine to Tennessee.
Johnson, along with 14 others were arrested on drug and money laundering charges in 1993.
During the trial, 10 of the defendants testified against Johnson in exchange for reduced or dropped charges.
Behind bars: Johnson - a single mother struggling to provide for her five children - acted as a go-between and relayed messages to drug dealers, but claims she never sold narcotics during her involvement with a group who sold cocaine to Tennessee
Kardashian recently enlisted her legal team to help in Johnson's case as well as Cyntoia Brown, a former child sex slave who killed her abuser when she was 16.
'Kim asked me several weeks ago how she could help Alice Johnson in her fight for justice. We then began corresponding with Alice and her team of lawyers,' Kardashian's lawyer Shawn Holley told the Daily News.
'Since then, Kim has championed the cause of Cyntoia Brown and asked me to help her get involved in that effort as well,' Holley said on Thursday.
Brown's case went viral this week when it emerged she had already served 13 years of a life sentence, and the now 29-year-old has secured the backing of the Kardashian in her clemency campaign.
Then 16-year-old Brown was sex trafficked by a pimp named Kutthroat who was physically, sexually and verbally abusive and eventually sold her to 43-year-old Nashville realtor Johnny Allen, a court heard during her trial in 2004.
Vocal: Kim heard of the tales of two imprisoned American women and launched a campaign with her legal team in order to help free them
Brown, who feared that former Army sharp shooter Allen planned to kill her, eventually grabbed one of her captor's guns and killed him, Fox 17 reports.
But when the case came to court, she was sentenced to life in prison. She won't be eligible for parole for at least 51 years.
The case is getting new attention after a tweet showing Brown in court with the hashtag #FreeCyntoiaBrown, went viral.
Kardashian tweeted: 'The system has failed. It's heart breaking to see a young girl sex trafficked then when she has the courage to fight back is jailed for life!'
'We have to do better & do what's right. I've called my attorneys yesterday to see what can be done to fix this. #FreeCyntoiaBrown'.
Speaking out: Kardashian is also lookinhg into the case of imprisoned former child sex slave Cyntonia Brown and took to Twitter demanding justice for her
During her trial, Brown said she had been a runaway who was forced into prostitution by Kutthroat.
She testified that she was repeatedly hit, choked, and dragged around, and almost always had a gun pointing at her.
Before she was sold to Allen, she'd repeatedly been raped and given drugs, which she said made her paranoid.
Brown said that when she arrived at Allen's home she found it was full of guns. She became convinced he was going to kill her.
But prosecutors said that the motivation for murder had been robbery as the teen had taken Allen's wallet and guns after shooting him.
Brown, now in her 20s, was sentenced to life in the Tennessee Prison for Women.
Shocking: Cyntoia Brown (pictured in court) was sex trafficked by a pimp named Kutthroat who was physically, sexually and verbally abusive. Her case is now going viral