A New York woman pleaded guilty to drowning her fiancé during a kayaking trip by tampering with his boat, Newsweek reported.
Angelika Graswald pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide on Monday, reduced from an initial murder charge for the death of Vince Viafore, 46, more than two years ago.
Graswald, 35, admitted to removing the plug from Viafore’s kayak as part of her plea, USA Today reported. She also said she knew that one of his paddles was missing a locking clip, that he was not wearing a wet suit or a life vest, and that the water was freezing cold.
Though the case was originally investigated as a tragic accident, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office eventually alleged that Graswald killed Viafore in part because she stood to collect $250,000 from him as part of his life insurance policy.
Graswald later said, in a jailhouse interview, that she believed she had been arrested because she had written in a diary that she wished Viafore was dead because he pressured her to agree to rough sex and threesomes.
In exchange for her plea, Graswald will receive a sentence of 1 1/3 to 4 years in state prison. Her sentencing will be held on Nov. 1.
Graswald, who immigrated legally from Latvia and currently is a permanent U.S. resident, may also face deportation.
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