by Dale Chappell
If Kim Kardashian’s efforts to help people get released from prison were just a stunt, as some said, then she’s become a full-time stuntwoman in her own right. This past October, Kardashian helped yet another prisoner – a man who had been locked up nearly 23 years – obtain release from a life sentence.
Momolu Stewart was convicted in 1999 at age 16 of murder and sentenced to life. He walked out of the DC Central Detention Facility a free man after Kardashian wrote to his judge in support of giving him another chance, with the court suspending the rest of his sentence. She petitioned for his freedom under the Incarceration Reduction Amendment Act. This “allows inmates who were tried as adults while children to request to have their sentences reduced.”
“Stewart is especially deserving of your consideration,” Kardashian wrote. “He has been rehabilitated and is no longer dangerous to society.” She said that “while he cannot go back and change what happened when he was 16 years old, he takes responsibility for the pain he has caused to the victim’s family, and feels true remorse for his role in the crime that resulted in the loss of life.” She added that she has “every confidence” that Stewart will “continue to guide others away from a life of crime” and move forward with his life.
She also cited Stewart’s traumatic upbringing in a rough D.C. neighborhood “overrun with drugs and violence” and the loss of his father when he was age six. Instead, Stewart “turned to the streets for guidance,” she told the judge.
Stewart has proved himself while imprisoned for the last 23 years. He earned his GED and has taken classes with the Georgetown Prison Scholars Program, she noted.
Kardashian met Stewart while she was filming for her upcoming documentary, Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project. And this isn’t the first time she has helped set a prisoner free. In 2018, she convinced President Trump to pardon Alice Marie Johnson, who was serving a life sentence without parole for a nonviolent drug offense.
Kardashian has also helped fund efforts to release 17 other federal prisoners who were serving life sentences, like Johnson, for low-level nonviolent drug offenses.
Kardashian has said she is serious about advocating for prison reform and is currently working on her law degree.
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