(MISSOULA, Mont.) — Montana newlywed Jordan Graham agreed Thursday to plead guilty to killing her husband Cody Johnson by pushing him off a cliff. The surprise plea agreement came just before closing arguments were set to begin in the 22-year-old’s trial.
Graham originally pleaded not guilty, and her attorneys said Johnson fell by accident during an argument with her that got physical. But Thursday Graham’s defense changed course, and she pleaded guilty to second degree murder charges for pushing her husband Cody off a cliff at Glacier National Park in Montana just eight days after the two were married.
“The family is very thankful for the outcome of this case. It was very emotional,” Johnson’s aunt, Celeste Watson, said Thursday outside the court in Missoula, Mont.
Graham faces a possible sentence of life in prison. She will return to court in March for a formal sentencing.
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