Kim Kardashian Is Trying To Free Another Convict
Kim Kardashian said in a podcast she was trying to free another convict who was wrongly sentenced to life. In this image, Kardashian speaks at The Girls' Lounge dinner in New York City, Sept. 27, 2016. Getty Images/Slaven Vlasic

Kim Kardashian West will work on freeing another convict from prison, she said, during her appearance on Jason Flom’s “Wrongful Conviction” podcast, which aired Wednesday.

Kardashian talked on the podcast about how she was speaking to Chris Young, a 30-year-old who was sentenced to life in prison after being arrested in 2010 for marijuana and cocaine possession.

“Yesterday, I had a call with a gentleman that’s in prison for a drug case — got life. It’s so unfair. He’s 30 years old. He’s been in for almost 10 years,” she said, adding Young was imprisoned for life without parole because of mandatory sentencing regulations.

She also said she was in contact with former Judge Kevin Sharp of Tennessee, who rolled out the verdict against Young. According to Page Six, the judge resigned over the law that forced him to pass the verdict.

“I was on the phone with the judge that sentenced him to life... who resigned because he had never been on the side of having to do something so unfair, and now he is fighting [alongside] us to get [Young] out,” the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star said.

In the podcast, Kardashian said she has become deeply involved in criminal justice after her first successful freeing of a wrongly convicted woman in June.

On Monday, she retweeted a post from June 26 by Young's lawyer.

In May, Kardashian met President Donald Trump in the Oval Office in her quest to free Alice Marie Johnson, who was sentenced to life for a non-violent drug offense. On June 6, Trump reduced her sentence, after which Johnson returned to her family.

Kardashian responded to the news on Twitter and said, “Best news ever!!!! So grateful to @realDonaldTrump, Jared Kushner & to everyone who has showed compassion and contributed countless hours to this important moment for Ms. Alice Marie Johnson. Her commutation is inspirational & gives hope to so many others who are deserving of a second chance. I hope to continue important work by working together with organizations who have been fighting this fight for much longer than I have and deserve the recognition.”

Young, who Kardashian is currently trying to free from life imprisonment, was born in 1988 in Clarksville, Tennessee. The 30-year-old, who has sickle cell anemia, had a troubled childhood — his mother battled with drug abuse and he had no relationship with his father.

At the age of 18, Young discovered the body of his brother who killed himself, following which the former began selling drugs and was arrested twice by the time he was 19. Though he was sentenced to probation with no prison time after one of the arrests, it was enough to brand him as a felon for federal purposes.

Young was arrested again Dec. 10, 2010, at a Shell gas station in Clarksville, located 1,000 feet of a school. He was standing next to the passenger side of a car which had eight ounces of cocaine and six ounces of crack, reported VICE News. About $10,000 in cash was also found lying on the ground near where Young was standing as well, and a handgun was discovered in his car parked nearby.

According to Judge Sharp, arrests that rounded up approximately 30 residents of Clarksville involved in buying and selling cocaine and crack cocaine, “caught up several low-level folks handling small quantities.”

Young was offered a 14-year plea deal by Sunny Koshy, the assistant United States district attorney who had prosecuted his case. He rejected the offer as he felt it was too harsh. As his trial date came closer, Young was offered a second plea deal of 22 years in prison. He made the decision to go to trial and applied himself to learning history and economics, and also about leaders of industry, philosophy, and medicine.

Meanwhile, the prosecutor filed for an 851 enhancement, which targets repeat offenders. This meant he would receive a life sentence for his crimes as per the law, which takes away the judge’s power to hand out the punishment. By law, the amount of time a person spends for drug offenses is correlated to the type and amount of narcotic found in possession.

In 2013, a jury found Young guilty and on Aug. 28, 2014, he was sentenced to life in prison. At that point, Young had already served four years in Kentucky's Warren County Jail.

“Each defendant is supposed to be treated as an individual. I don’t think that’s happening here,” Judge Sharp had said at the trial.