On her recent tour to the District of Columbia in July, the reality TV and social media icon Kim Kardashian met a murderer, when she turned the criminal justice reform advocate. While she was at the jail library with Momolu Stewart, taping the TV documentary on the criminal justice system, was trying to analyze whether the 39-year-old had changed into a different person from the angry, trouble-prone teen he was decades ago when he fired multiple shots at the head and back of an unarmed man.
Stewart, who killed an unarmed man at the age of 16, asked the court to grant him early release under a recent law, on Friday. After their meeting, Kardashian-West agreed to write a letter to the D.C. judge overseeing Stewart's petition for resentencing and reconsidering his case.
In her letter, she wrote that Stewart had rehabilitated and is no longer dangerous to society and that she is confident that his release will continue to guide others away from a life of crime and continue on his own path to redemption and success. This month, the court received more than 40 letters in support of Stewart, after several hearings Superior Court Judge Robert Salerno granted the petition to reduce his life sentence.
But Salerno has yet to say whether Stewart will be released soon or have to serve additional time. The final decision will come after an October hearing during which people impacted by Stewart's crimes will have a chance to speak out. Stewart's attorney, Betsy Henthorne, telephoned Stewart at the jail to give him the news. Henthorne, who worked on the case pro bono said that he was speechless and this completely changed his life.
While in prison, Stewart earned his GED in 2009 and racked up 1400 hours of educational programs including behavior modification, anger management, and African studies. He also studied yoga and has taken college courses at Georgetown University, where he met Marc Howard, the founding director of Georgetown's prison education program. Howard is working with Kardashian-West on her documentary. Howard said that it is the perfect representation that people are greater than the worst things they've done and that people transform over time.
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