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Newlywed murderer Jordan Graham pleads guilty

Jordan Graham admitted to pushing Cody Johnson, her husband of eight days, over a cliff to his death.

By Gabrielle Levy
Newlywed murderer Jordan Graham pleads guilty
Jordan Graham is accused of pushing her new husband Cory Johnson off a cliff just a week after their wedding.

The woman accused of pushing her husband of eight days over a cliff pleaded guilty to his murder Thursday, accepting a plea deal in exchange for reduced charges.

Jordan Linn Graham faces life in prison for the second-degree murder of Cody Johnson, who she admitted to pushing during an argument at Glacier National Park in Montana in July.

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"It was a reckless act," she said to the court. "I just pushed."

Graham, 22, described how she and Johnson were arguing and he grabbed her. She told him to let her go, and said she thought he was going to hold her down. Then, she put her hands on his back and shoulder and shoved.

Several days later, Graham led friends and relatives to a park, where they found Johnson's body. She had maintained she had guessed he would be found there, but changed her story when an FBI agent showed her a photo of them entering the park together.

The plea deal came after both the prosecution and defense had rested, but before closing arguments began. After a courtroom break, the judge announced that a deal had been reached for Graham to plead guilty to second-degree murder in exchange for the prosecution dropping first-degree murder and lying to investigators charges.

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She faces a minimum of 235 months in prison, but could receive up to a life sentence.

[CNN]

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