Brendan Dassey enters the courtroom Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, the first day of a five-day hearing on Brendan Dassey's motion asking for a new trial at the Manitowoc County Courthouse. Dassey's legal team, from the Northwestern University Center for Wrongful Convictions, has asked for a new trial saying his attorneys were ineffective, and that police used coercive and suggestive means to get statements from Dassey, who was 16 when he was charged. (AP Photo/Herald Times Reporter, Sue Pischke)
Kim Kardashian goes to bat for 'Making a Murderer' subject
01:10 - Source: HLN
CNN  — 

Brendan Dassey, one of the men at the center of the Netflix series “Making a Murderer,” is getting an extra boost from Kim Kardashian West in his petition for clemency.

In 2007, Dassey was convicted of murdering photographer Teresa Halbach. He is serving a life sentence in a Wisconsin prison with no chance of parole until 2048.

Dassey’s attorneys say his confession, which he later recanted, was coerced.

His attorney, Laura Nirider, announced Wednesday she has filed a petition for clemency to the state’s governor, Tony Evers.

Tweeting to her 62 million followers, Kardashian West added more energy to Dassey’s petition, asking the governor to read a handwritten letter Dassey sent him.

In a separate tweet, she used the hashtag #BringBrendanHome.

It’s not the first time Kardashian West has spoken up for those behind bars.

Last summer she met with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office to plead the case for Alice Marie Johnson, a woman who had served 21 years of a life sentence for a first-time nonviolent drug offense.

Trump commuted Johnson’s sentence a week after the meeting.

Evers’ office confirmed to CNN affiliate WBAY it had received the filing, noting, “We give every pardon application careful review and consideration.”

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul told WBAY, “I think the process will be one that is fair.”