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Mar 19, 2014 5:20 PM by Dennis Bragg - KPAX News

Prosecutors recommend life prison sentence for Jordan Graham

MISSOULA - Federal prosecutors are recommending a Kalispell woman who is accused of pushing her newlywed husband over a cliff to his death in Glacier National Park spend the rest of her life in prison.

That's the recommendation contained in pre-sentencing documents filed in U.S. District Court in Missoula.

Jordan Graham was tried last December on charges she pushed Cody Johnson to his death during an argument the couple had on a cliff edge below The Loop parking lot on the Going-to-the-Sun Highway last July. But before the case could go to the jury, Graham accepted a plea bargain agreement, admitting to Second Degree Murder.

Prosecutors in their sentencing memo to Judge Donald Molloy called Graham "extremely dangerous, predatory and an unrepentant murderer" and recommending she be sentenced at the upper range of her potential punishment. That would send her to a federal penitentiary for life, or "no less that 600-months."

The position is supported by a number of attached letters from friends and relatives of Johnson.

However, Graham's defense attorneys argue she didn't obstruct justice by failing to report her husband's death. They also reject the idea that Graham ended up accepting the same plea deal she had been offered before her trial, a key point for the judge in determining whether she takes responsibility for her husband's murder.

Sentencing is set for next Thursday in Missoula.

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