The Montana bride Jordan Graham who pushed husband off cliff could face life in prison.
U.S. prosecutors are seeking a life sentence for Graham who struck a deal in December and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the high-profile July 7 death of her husband of eight days, Cody Johnson. She is due to be sentenced next week.
According to Reuters, federal prosecutors are saying that a prison term of 24 to 30 years for the second-degree murder count would be insufficient for Graham. They describe her as “extremely dangerous, predatory and an unrepentant murderer,” in court papers.
Instead, they argued that the seriousness of Graham’s crime, her lack of remorse and the chance she might commit another violent crime warranted a life sentence or no less than 50 years in jail.
“The defendant, despite offering no remorse, has left a mother childless, upended a community and shown no respect for the law during this entire process,” wrote Michael Cotter, U.S. Attorney for Montana, as reported by Reuters.
Background according to Reuters: After striking the plea deal, Graham admitted her guilt to U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy, who presided over her trial in Missoula, Montana. She told the judge that her husband had grabbed her hand during the argument and that she “just pushed his hand off and just pushed away.”
Michael Donahoe, Graham’s federal defender, is seeking a 10-year sentence. He said the former nanny had no criminal record before the “tragic event,” was unlikely to commit another crime and regretted she had not come forward sooner with the truth.