Sunday 23 November 2014

Bride who pushed husband from cliff sentenced to 30 years

Published 27/03/2014 | 19:57

Jordan Graham leaves U.S. District Court in Missoula, Montana in a December 11, 2013 file photo. Graham, accused of pushing her husband off a cliff to his death at Glacier National Park asked a judge on Tuesday to withdraw a guilty plea she entered as part of a deal with prosecutors to avoid a life sentence, court records show. She pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the July 7 death of her husband of eight days, Cody Johnson. In exchange, prosecutors dropped a first-degree murder charge, which alleges premeditation and carries a mandatory life sentence.  REUTERS/Arthur Mouratidis/files  (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
Jordan Graham

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.”

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