MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge in Montana has accepted a guilty plea from Jordan Graham.
She was on trial on charges including first-degree murder in the death of the man to whom she was married for just eight days. Prosecutors say Graham pushed her new husband from a cliff at Glacier National Park after she decided she didn't want to be married to him.
Today, Graham agreed to plead guilty to a second-degree murder charge. She'll face a maximum sentence of life in prison. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors agreed to drop the first-degree murder charge and a charge of making a false statement to authorities.
News of the plea deal came as a jury was set to hear closing arguments in her murder trial.
In accepting the plea, the judge told Graham to recount exactly what happened on the night her husband, Cody Johnson, died.
She said she had decided to tell Johnson about her doubts about their marriage, and that they spoke on a narrow ledge hundreds of feet above a ravine. Graham told the judge that they had argued, and that at one point he grabbed her by the arm, and she though he was going to pull her. Graham said she got angry at Johnson, brushed his hand away and then pushed him.
APPHOTO MTTS201: In this Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 photo, Jordan Graham, center, is flanked by defense attorneys Michael Donahoe, left, and Andy Nelson, as she leaves court in Missoula, Mont. Graham, the newlywed bride accused of deliberately pushing her husband to his death in Montana's Glacier National Park, agreed Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 to plead guilty to second-degree murder. (AP Photo/Stephan Ferry) (11 Dec 2013)
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