A bride got 30 years in prison for pushing her husband off a cliff after she had changed her mind about being married. Jordan Graham, the newlywed bride who changed her mind about being married after just eight days and pushed her husband to his death in what became known as the Glacier Park murder, was sentenced to 30 years in prison by a federal judge on Thursday, according to a March 27 CNN report.
On July 7 last summer, the then 22-year-old Jordan Linn Graham was walking with her 25-year-old husband of just eight days, Cody Lee Johnson, in the Loop Trail area of Glacier Park when Graham decided that she really didn’t want to be married and pushed her husband off the cliff.
"It was a reckless act," said Graham to a judge in December. "I just pushed."
Following a series of lies and deceptions, the newlywed bride who had changed her mind about being married and had lured her husband to Glacier National Park to get rid of him, finally pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in December. In exchange for her guilty plea, prosecutors dropped a first-degree murder charge and a lying-to-investigators charge.
On Wednesday, however, Graham changed her mind in regard to her guilty plea and withdrew it. According to federal prosecutors, the judge denied her request.
In a statement on Thursday, prosecutors said that “after providing several false statements to law enforcement officers and impeding the investigation by providing false information, Graham ultimately admitted pushing Cody from behind with both hands.”
U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy sentenced the bride to 30 years in prison with no chance for early parole, followed by five years of supervised release. In addition to the prison sentence, Judge Molloy ordered Graham and her family to pay for the helicopter and the almost $20,000 that it cost to recover the body of her husband of eight days. The judge is also prohibiting “Graham and her family from profiting from the facts or circumstances of the case, such as in books or television appearances."