WATCH: Louisiana Woman Imprisoned at 19 Says She is ‘Thankful to God’ for Using Trump to Grant Her a Pardon

Louisiana Woman Imprisoned at 19 Says She is ‘Thankful to God’ for Using Trump to Grant Her a Pardon
Syrita Steib

Former President Donald Trump issued a late-night pardon to a New Orleans criminal justice advocate who was jailed as a teenager.

Now, the mistake that’s haunted Syrita Steib for 20 years is officially a part of her past.

“I think I’m still trying to soak it all in,” Steib said Wednesday afternoon, just hours after learning she was pardoned from her criminal past.

Former New Orleans Saints player Benjamin Watson advocated for Steib’s freedom. Tuesday night, Trump pardoned Steib and 142 others, including New Orleans rapper Lil’ Wayne.

“Really, really thankful to God that he can use any vessel to bless you,” Steib said.

Steib is the founder of Operation Restoration which helps incarcerated women transition into society through education, housing, and job help. She knew the roadblocks because she faced them herself.

“From actually growing up in prison and being released, there weren’t really a lot of services in New Orleans and I felt like women were forgotten about and they weren’t talked about,” Steib said.

In 2000 at 19 years old, Steib was convicted for stealing cars and burning down a car dealership in Texas. She was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, 20 years in state prison, and $1.9 million in restitution. She was released in 2009.

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SOURCE: 4WWL, Erika Ferrando

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