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US newlywed gets 30 years for pushing husband off cliff

Published on Mar 28, 2014 6:20 AM

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - A US newlywed who pushed her husband off a cliff barely a week after the couple married was jailed for 30 years on Thursday, officials said.

Jordan Linn Graham pleaded guilty to second-degree murder over the death of her husband Cody Lee Johnson in July last year in Glacier National Park in Montana, where they had gone hiking.

The 22-year-old initially told police that Johnson, 25, had gone missing after telling her he was going for a drive with a friend. But she subsequently admitted she had lied.

"After providing several false statements... Graham ultimately admitted pushing Cody from behind with both hands," said the US Attorney's Office in Montana, which prosecuted the case.

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