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Kayak killer gets up to four years in prison for fiancé's death

Kayak killer gets up to four years in prison for fiancé's death”

A woman who admitted to causing her fiance's death by removing a plug from his kayak before a Hudson River outing has been sentenced to up to four years in state prison. Graswald was arrested in April after the plug missing from Viafore's kayak was located in her vehicle, according to the Daily Freeman.

'She also admitted she knew that the locking clip to Vincent's kayak paddle was missing, that he was not wearing a life vest, or a wet suit, and knowing that the waters in the Hudson River where they were kayaking were dangerously cold and rough at the time.

Graswald, a Latvian national, admitted she caused the death of her fiancé by removing the plug from his kayak, knowing that he wasn't wearing a life vest or wetsuit and that the Hudson River waters were risky and cold.

The Poughkeepsie Journal reported that Angelika Graswald, 37, has been jailed since April 30, 2015, and will be given time served.

In her guilty plea to criminally negligent homicide in late July, Ms. Graswald admitted unplugging the kayak and awareness of the risky weather for the excursion.

"I loved Vince very much and miss him terribly", she said in a statement through her lawyer Richard Portale. "This entire process was incredibly one-sided and unjust".

Vincent Viafore's body was found floating in water more than a month after he went on the kayak trip with Angelika Graswald on April 19 2015.

Mr. Viafore, 46, was to be Ms. Graswald's third husband, and authorities building the case argued her motive was to cash in on his hefty life insurance policies, about $250,000, to which she was entitled. Graswald could face deportation to her native Latvia after her sentence is completed, prosecutors said.

"My brother did not deserve to have his life end this way", Viafore's sister, Laura Rice, said in a pre-sentence victim impact statement.

Graswald was questioned for 11 hours and told police she was ambivalent about Viafore's drowning because they had been in a bad relationship.

Viafore's mother spoke after court, saying justice has not been served for her son. "I don't ever want to see her again if I don't have to".



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