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Kim Kardashian West pleads with Trump to commute sentence of man set to be executed

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Kim Kardashian West on Wednesday issued a public plea aimed at President Trump calling for him to intervene and commute the sentence of a former gang member scheduled to be executed Saturday.

West tweeted on Wednesday that she was “heartbroken” after learning of the story of Brandon Bernard, a death row inmate convicted for his involvement in a carjacking that escalated into a double murder.

“Brandon Bernard, a 40-year-old father is going to be executed tomorrow by our federal government. Having gotten to know Brandon, I am heartbroken about this execution. I’m calling on @realDonaldTrump to grant Brandon a commutation and allow him to live out his sentence in prison,” she wrote.

Bernard, who was 18 at the time, was not initially involved in the carjacking but participated in burning the vehicle while Todd and Stacie Bagley remained inside it. Todd Bagley’s death came as a result of gunshot wounds, according to an autopsy, but Stacie Bagley’s death was a result of smoke inhalation.

His conviction for the 1999 crime came along with convictions for three other accomplices, two of whom have already been released and one of whom, Christopher Vialva, was executed earlier this year. A federal judge denied a request from Bernard’s attorneys to halt his execution this week, according to the Indianapolis Star, while advocates for Bernard have argued that an expert witness was prevented from testifying during the trial that Bernard held a lower position in his gang’s hierarchy.

Four jurors from the trial have also reportedly come out in favor of commuting Bernard’s sentence.

In a lengthier thread tweeted by West in late November, the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star added that fighting to stop Bernard’s execution “does not take away from the sympathy I have for the victim’s Todd and Stacie Bagley, and their families.”

“My heart breaks for everyone involved,” she added.

West, who has announced plans to take the bar exam, has previously intervened on behalf of Americans facing severe sentences for various offenses and in 2018 successfully appealed to the president to grant clemency to Alice Marie Johnson, a 62-year-old great-grandmother who previously was serving life behind bars for charges of money laundering and nonviolent drug offenses.

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