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Prosecutors: Woman lacks grounds to withdraw plea in husband's death at Glacier National Park

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    FILE - Jordan Linn Graham, center, leaves the federal courthouse, in this Oct. 4, 2013 file photo taken in Missoula, Mont. The Montana woman who was to be sentenced Thursday for pushing her new husband to his death in Glacier National Park wants to withdraw her guilty plea to a second-degree murder charge, her lawyer said Tuesday March 25, 2014.(AP Photo/The Missoulian, Michael Gallacher, File) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 file photo, Jordan Graham, center, is flanked by defense attorneys Michael Donahoe, left, and Andy Nelson, as she leaves court in Missoula, Mont. The Montana woman who was to be sentenced Thursday for pushing her new husband to his death in Glacier National Park wants to withdraw her guilty plea to a second-degree murder charge, her lawyer said Tuesday March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Stephan Ferry, File) (The Associated Press)

Federal prosecutors say a Montana woman does not have grounds to withdraw her guilty plea to second-degree murder in the death of her husband, who was pushed off a cliff in Glacier National Park last summer.

Attorneys for 22-year-old Jordan Graham of Kalispell filed a motion Tuesday asking that she be allowed to withdraw her plea after a federal sentencing memo argued Graham planned the killing of 25-year-old Cody Johnson. Defense attorney Michael Donahone said the issue of intent was settled when Graham pleaded guilty to second-degree murder based on extreme recklessness.

Prosecutors responded Wednesday that they agreed to dismiss the first-degree murder charge but did not agree to ignore other evidence offered at trial in recommending a sentence of 50 years to life.

Graham is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in Missoula.

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