Jordan Graham Cries on Stand, but Fails to Say “I’m Sorry for Killing Cody,” Recieves 30 Year Sentence
Jordan Graham cried on the stand during her allocation today, March 27, but she didn't get to the heart of what presiding U.S. District Court Judge Donald Molloy wanted to hear.
Graham plead guilty to the 2nd degree murder of her newlywed husband Cody Johnson back in December, but has spoken few words about what actually happened the day of Johnson's death.
"A day doesn't go by where I don't think about what happened," Graham said tearfully. "It was a moment of complete shock and panic... I think about Cody everyday. I still love Cody. If he was still alive, I know we would still be together today."
After saying this, Graham turned to Sherry Johnson, Cody's mother. "I took away something from you that can't be replaced. I know life is a precious thing. It can be here one moment and be taken from me in a second... Things were not supposed to be this way. I'm truly and deeply sorry"
Judge Molloy appeared to still be questioning the veracity of Graham's testimony, who has previously admitted to lying to authorities about what had happened to Cody Johnson in the days before his body was found.
"I was waiting for Mrs. Graham to say she was sorry for killing Cody," Molloy said. "There's only one person in this room that knows what happened, and I don't think she's been entirely truthful about what happened."
Friends and family of Cody Johnson also spoke, many indicating their desire of a life sentence for Graham, who only received a 30 year sentence.
"My dream was to be a grandmother and watch my grandchildren grow," said Cody's mother Sherry. "Cody was my only child. This is not the way our journey was to begin. I believe life in prison for Jordan is fair."
Tim Manning, one of Cody Johnson's uncles spoke, saying "I believe Jordan should rot in prison for the rest of her life."
Jerry Watson, another uncle said, "Jordan Graham has taken the beauties and natural environment of Glacier to be nothing more than a grave site."
The splendor of Glacier was also damaged in the eyes of Cody's aunt Celeste Watson who said "me and my husband do not ever want to go back to Glacier National Park." Celeste also told Sherry Johnson, "I felt helpless, with nothing to respond to her other than assurances that Cody would be okay. It's going to stick with me forever when Sherry said 'they found Cody, but he's no longer with us.' Cody loves Jordan with his whole heart. If Jordan had said 'no' [at the wedding] Cody would still be alive today."
Jordan's head could be seen shaking during Celeste's statements about how things could have been different if the wedding had not gone the way it did.
During sentencing, Judge Molloy said that it "needed to be sufficient, but not greater than necessary." At 12:30 p.m., Graham received 30 years in prison and was forced to pay approximately $16,910.40 in restitution for the park employees, helicopters, etc. used to find Cody's body. Graham was also forced to participate in a mental health treatment program.