According to the New York Post, 39-year-old Momolu Stewart was convicted of murder in 1999 after being tried as an adult at the age of 16. His life sentence, however, was suspended Friday and he walked out of the DC Central Detention facility on Monday.
“I was buried alive,” Momolu said. “So now, I’ve been resurrected. I’m back and I’m better.”
Two months ago, Kim Kardahsian championed Momolu’s case, writing a letter in his support to DC Superior Court Judge Robert Salerno.
The petition for his release was filed under the Incarceration Reduction Amendment Act, which allows inmates who were tried as adults while children request to have their sentences reduced.
“Stewart is especially deserving of your consideration,” Kim wrote in a heartfelt letter. “He has been rehabilitated and is no longer dangerous to society.”
She continues saying: “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.”