Less than a week after he was freed from the D.C. Central Detention Facility, ex-prisoner Momolu Stewart attended Kanye West’s Sunday Service alongside Kim Kardashian West, who advocated for his release.
During a surprise show at Howard University’s homecoming on Saturday morning, West debuted new verses while his cousin, R&B singer Tony Williams, presided over the weekly service and conducted the group of choir singers, drummers and brass band, reported local NBC affiliate WRC-TV.
Stewart and Halim Flowers, an activist, author and former inmate, later took to the stage to share their stories. In a video posted on Flowers’ Instagram account, Stewart begins his performance by shouting out Flowers as well as Kareem McCraney, who was Stewart’s co-defendant in his 1997 murder case.
“Wrote this one when I was 16, me and my man Halim. Kareem can’t be here, but he here,” Stewart said.
Stewart was a teenager when he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of Mark Rosebure. McCraney was also given a life sentence for the murder, and he was recently released under D.C.’s Incarceration Reduction Amendment Act of 2017, which allows juveniles who have served at least 15 years the opportunity to have their sentences reduced.
Back in February, Stewart petitioned the court for early release under the law, and Kardashian West, who met Stewart while filming Oxygen’s “Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project” at the D.C. Jail, wrote him a letter of support.
“Momolu is a genuine example of the transformation that can take place when a person commits their life to personal atonement and helping to lead others to their own redemption,” wrote the 38-year-old media mogul and criminal justice reform advocate.
Superior Court Judge Robert Salerno oversaw Stewart’s petition and granted the sentence reduction in September, after receiving Kardashian West’s letter, along with 40 others, reported The Washington Post.
On Oct. 7, Stewart was released from prison after more than two decades behind bars. He was greeted by family and friends, including McCraney and Flowers, telling Oxygen.com that he was honored to get a second chance.
“Cause I was buried alive,” Stewart said. “So now I’ve been resurrected. I’m back and I’m better.”
Stewart posted his own photos and videos from Sunday Service to Instagram, captioning the post, “Four and a half days after my liberation, I’m hanging with Kim and performing with Kanye. #FREEDOM #EPIC.”
His case is set to be featured in her upcoming Oxygen documentary special “Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project.”
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