Jordan Lin Graham, a 22-year-old woman has been in federal court this week standing trial for the murder of her husband, of only 8 days, Cody Johnson. Prosecutors say that she wasn’t satisfied in her new marriage and decided to push him off a cliff at Glacier Mountain Park in Missoula, Montana.
She claimed it was all an accident, that he grabbed her during an argument, and that she pushed him to get him off of her, and he fell to his death.
However Thursday in court she plead guilty, and told the judge that it was a “reckless act.” Graham struck a deal with prosecutors, and in exchange for her guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to drop the first degree murder charge, and a charge of lying to investigators.
Graham had lied to police when she initially claimed she wasn’t at the park with her husband. She claimed that Johnson had taken a car trip with friends. However, there were surveillance photos that placed both she and Cody Johnson at the park together.
The deal was announced right before closing arguments were about to take place. After her lies unraveled in court, Graham most likely knew she didn’t have a chance to get away with murder.
Graham now faces the rest of her life in prison, or a minimum of 235 months in prison. It is up the judge. The federal sentencing guidelines are flexible.