Sentencing underway: Motion to withdraw guilty denied, Graham apologizes


MISSOULA, Mont. - UPDATE: Jordan Graham apologized to her family and to Cody's. She has agreed to be responsible for $17,000 in restitution.


The sentencing hearing for the Kalispell bride who pushed her husband off a cliff in Glacier National Park is underway in Missoula.

Earlier today, Judge Donald Molloy denied Jordan Graham's motion to withdraw her guilty plea to second degree murder. Graham pleaded guilty in December after days of trial, but sought to withdraw that plea this week after prosecutors recommended 50 years to life in prison..

Twenty-two-year-old Jordan Linn Graham of Kalispell faces up to life in prison on federal charges of second-degree murder in the death of husband Cody Johnson.

Today's hearing is happening inside a federal courtroom in downtown Missoula. Our team inside the courtroom reports attorneys spent more than an hour dealing with objections to the pre-sentence investigation report. Now they are discussing restitution and witnesses are set to take the stand.

Family and friends of Cody Johnson are in the courtroom, as well as Jordan Graham's family.