U.S. Attorney opposing request by Alice Johnson to terminate supervised release

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – A Memphis woman whose life sentence was commuted a year ago by President Donald Trump thanks to a plea from Kim Kardashian now wants a judge to terminate her supervised release.

Johnson’s clemency from President Trump came with 5 years of supervised release. U.S. Attorney Mike Dunavant says Alice Marie Johnson is a convicted drug kingpin who ran the largest drug ring in Memphis who even ordered a hit on someone for stealing her drugs.

His office calls Johnson’s request “audacious.” Johnson’s attorney says she deserves it.

“She has done what society asks her to do when you are punished,” said Attorney Michael Scholl.

U.S. Attorney Dunavant says she was the former “kingpin” of one of the largest drug rings ever operated in West Tennessee. She was convicted for drug possession and distribution and for money laundering more than a million and a half dollars.

The state claims she imported 2,000 to 3,000 kilograms of cocaine into Memphis. Johnson’s attorney denies it.

“When she was tried by a jury of her peers, found her liable for,” said Scholl. “It was far less than 2,000 kilograms of cocaine.”

The most shocking claim in the filing, is that Johnson ordered a hit on someone who stole a shipment of drugs from her.

“Never seen any proof to that,” commented Scholl. “I haven’t seen any proof to that, and we would disagree.”

Sholl says Johnson has proven herself. She now tours around the world sharing her story and talking about her new book which is soon to be made into a film.

“She’s bettered herself, she’s helped better other people,” Scholl said.

Johnson tweeted today saying, “It breaks my heart that after serving almost 22 years in prison; working in every way that I can to right my wrong there are people who choose to believe I haven’t been punished enough. I pray my judge makes the right decision.”

So far, a court date has not been set to take up Johnson’s request.

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