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GRAHAM PLEA UPDATE: Law Professor Talks Plea Deal

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A trial, less than a week long, ends with what could be Jordan Lynn Graham's last look at freedom, as an unmarked car pulls into the Missoula County Detention Center just hours after Graham's lawyers agreed to a plea agreement.

Cynthia Ford, a professor at the UM School of Law says both sides of the case probably thought a plea agreement was their best option.

"What you get with a plea agreement, even late in the game is certainty," says Ford.

After closing arguments this afternoon, Graham changed the game by pleading guilty to second degree murder of her husband Cody Lee Johnson, giving up her right up to an acquittal. That's a possibility of no punishment at all.

The plea deal between Graham's defense team and federal prosecutors came after a few short hours of additional testimony before both parties rested their case this morning. The day started with prosecution resting, and less than two hours of defense attorneys presenting witnesses, including Graham's mother. Many of the witnesses including Graham's grandmother Linda Rickford testified Graham was happy at her wedding and remorseful at her husband's funeral.

Jordan even broke into tears after watching video of her wedding vows. Just a few short hours later, Graham went on to shock onlookers by agreeing to a deal with U.S. district attorneys. The first degree murder and making a false statement charges against her were dropped.

Johnson's family released a statement following the trial saying they were satisfied with the ruling. Graham will now be kept at the Missoula County Detention Center until her March 27th Sentencing.  Second degree murder carries a sentence of between 38 years and life in prison.

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