Woman pleads guilty in husband’s fatal fall

A Montana newlywed pleaded guilty Thursday to killing her husband of eight days by pushing him from a cliff in Glacier National Park while they argued about her second thoughts about the marriage.

The surprise plea agreement with prosecutors came just before closing arguments were to begin in the trial of Jordan Graham, 22.

In exchange for the guilty plea to second-degree murder, prosecutors agreed to drop a first-degree murder charge and a count of making a false statement to authorities. Graham could face a maximum sentence of life in prison when she is sentenced on March 27.

Cody Johnson, 25, was reported missing on July 8, and Graham initially told investigators he left home the previous night with unidentified friends.

— Associated Press

Jordan Graham of Montana is accused of pushing her husband off a cliff and killing him eight days after their marriage. (Reuters)
Texas judge assailed over teen’s sentence

A decision by a Texas judge this week to give an affluent teenager probation after he killed four people while driving drunk has sparked a backlash and complaints of a miscarriage of justice.

State District Judge Jean Boyd sentenced the 16-year-old boy to 10 years’ probation Tuesday and ordered him to get therapy. The teen, driving a pickup truck, ran down four people who were helping fix a vehicle at the roadside in the Fort Worth area.

A psychologist for the defense said the teen suffered from “affluenza,” a condition where a person feels shielded from problems by money, having led a life of privilege paid for by his parents, local media reported.

The Fort Worth Star Telegram has been flooded with comments on the sentence, almost all of which were critical of the judge.

The teen driver had three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system when he was arrested, prosecutors said. They were looking for a sentence of 20 years in jail.

— Reuters

Synthetic pot sickens 221 in Colorado: Synthetic marijuana is believed to have sickened 221 people in Colorado during a month-long outbreak this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report Thursday. Colorado hospitals experienced an increase in emergency room visits by people who had used synthetic pot in late August. While real marijuana is legal in Colorado, synthetic marijuana — dried plant material sprayed with synthetic cannabinoids — is illegal.

CDC says flu shots cut cases by 17 percent: Flu shots reduced the number of U.S. flu cases and hospitalizations last year by an estimated 17 percent, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. Vaccinations prevented more than 6 million cases of the flu and 79,000 hospitalizations, the CDC said.

— From news services