Potential life sentence for bride who killed husband

By Raquel Luster,

Prosecutors proposed a life sentence on Tuesday for Jordan Graham of Montana, who pleaded guilty to killing her husband Cody Johnson, July 7 of last year.

According to Reuters, a prison term of 24 to 30 years would be inadequate for the guilty party, who is "extremely dangerous, predatory and an unrepentant murderer," federal prosecutors said.

Graham’s attorney, however, believes her “extremely reckless but unintentional act” only deserves 10 years of prison time, reported the Associated Press.

Graham pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in December, a plea she agreed to make in exchange for prosecution dropping the first-degree murder charge.

The incident happened when Graham pushed Johnson off a cliff at Glacier National Park. The couple were reportedly arguing.

The Associated Press reports that Graham pushed Johnson “without thinking about where they were,” and later kept the incident secret and told loved ones her husband went on a drive with friends.

Graham is 22 years old and Johnson was 25.

The couple were married eight days.

Graham's sentencing is scheduled for next week.

image: By Andrew Bardwell from Cleveland, Ohio, USA (Jail Cell) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons



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