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Bride wants to withdraw guilty plea in man’s death

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MISSOULA, Mont. – A Montana woman who was to be sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to charges of pushing her new husband to his death in Glacier National Park wants to withdraw her plea.

An attorney for Jordan Linn Graham filed a motion late Tuesday saying Graham wants the change because prosecutors are still recommending a life sentence, even though she pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, which would normally carry a lesser sentence.

Her attorney says prosecutors’ request for a life sentence makes the offer to dismiss the first-degree murder charge an “empty promise.”

The plea agreement was reached in December after the trial testimony was complete but before closing arguments were held.

Graham, of Kalispell, was charged with killing Cody Johnson on July 7, eight days after the two married.

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