Bride who pushed husband from cliff sentenced to 30 years
Published 27/03/2014 | 19:57
A bride has been jailed for 30 years for pushing her husband of eight days to his death in a US park.
US District Judge Donald Molloy sentenced 22-year-old Jordan Graham in Missoula, Montana.
She had faced a maximum sentence of life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.
Prosecutors alleged Graham was having second thoughts about her marriage to 25-year-old Cody Johnson when she lured him to a steep cliff in Glacier National Park on July 7 and pushed him over.
Graham insisted it was accidental but changed her plea to guilty in the midst of a jury trial.
Prosecutors charged she planned the killing then lied to cover it up.
Graham said she had argued with her husband of just eight days, Cody Johnson, after telling him she “wasn't sure we should be married”.
She said Mr Johnson, 25, had grabbed her hand, then she “pushed his hand off and just pushed away”.
“I wasn't thinking about where we were ... I just pushed,” a tearful Graham said. “It was a moment of complete shock and panic. I have no other explanation.”
However, passing sentence, Judge Donald Molloy said: “I don't think she's been entirely truthful about what happened.”