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Angelika Graswald Guilty in Fiancee's Sabotaged-Kayak Death

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Angelika Graswald in court in 2015. (Allyse Pulliam/Times Herald-Record via AP, Pool)

By    |   Tuesday, 25 Jul 2017 09:47 AM

Angelika Graswald pleaded guilty in the sabotaged-kayak drowning death of her fiancée Vincent Viafore on the Hudson River in 2015.

Graswald had faced second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges in Viafore's drowning during the couple's kayaking trip to Bannerman Island on April 19, 2015, reported the Poughkeepsie Journal.

She entered a guilty plea to criminally negligent homicide for admitting she pulled the plug on Viafore's kayak, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office.

She also admitted she knew the locking clip on one of Viafore's paddles was missing, that he was not wearing a life vest, and that the water was dangerously cold, per the Journal.

According to People magazine, county prosecutors charged that Graswald would have collected $250,000 in life insurance benefits from her fiancé's death.

"While no outcome can compensate for the loss of a beloved son, brother, and uncle, this disposition will hopefully bring a measure of closure to the Viafore family," said Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler, per People.

"This plea ensures that the defendant will be held criminally liable for her actions. By pleading guilty the defendant has acknowledged that Vincent Viafore's death was not simply a tragic accident, but the result of this defendant's criminal conduct."

Graswald, 37, who has been in jail since her arrest on April 30, 2015, could get anywhere from 16 months to four years for the guilty plea with credit for time served.

"(Graswald) will be home in December," her attorney Richard Portale said, according to People.

Former prosecutor Trey Smith told WCBS-TV that Hoovler appeared to have given up a lot in the plea deal with Graswald.

"In my opinion they must have had serious reservations about the strength of their case going down from an intentional murder all the way down to criminally negligent homicide," saod Smith, pointing out that Graswald could walk out of prison after sentencing depending on time already served.

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