Prosecutors Recommend Life Sentence for Montana Newlywed Who Pushed Husband Off a Cliff to his Death
Federal prosecutors are recommending life in prison for the newlywed accused of killing her husband of eight days by pushing him off a cliff in Glacier National Park, according to a report on kpax.com.
Jordan Graham, 22, entered pleaded guilty to second-degree murder shortly before a jury began deliberations in her murder trial in exchange for prosecutors dropping a first-degree murder charge and a count of making a false statement to authorities.
District Judge Donald Molloy accepted the plea but told Graham to recount exactly what happened the night of July 7 when her husband Cody Johnson, 25, fell to his death in the park.
Graham said she told Johnson that she wasn’t happy and wasn’t feeling like she should after getting married. She said they argued and at one point he grabbed her by the arm. She said she brushed his hand away and pushed him, with one hand on his arm and one on his back.
“I wasn’t thinking about where we were … I just pushed,” she told the judge.
Graham could face a maximum sentence of life in prison on March 27.
The life sentence recommendation was included in pre-sentencing documents filed by prosecutors in U.S. District Court in Missoula.
According the report, prosecutors wrote in their sentencing memo to Judge Malloy that Graham is an “extremely dangerous, predatory and an unrepentant murderer” and they are recommending she be sentenced at the upper range of her potential punishment which is “life” or “no less that 600-months.”
Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial