Angelika Graswald who pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the death of Vincent Viafore, was sentenced Wednesday to 1⅓ to 4 years in state prison.
A woman from upstate New York was sentenced to up to four years in state prison on Wednesday for sabotaging her fiance’s kayak, who drowned and died. Angelika Graswald, 37, pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the 2015 death of Vincent Viafore, 46, of Poughkeepsie last summer.
Graswald and Viafore shared drinks before kayaking on the Hudson River in April 2015. Viafore’s boat capsized and his body was found weeks later. It seemed like an accident at first.
But, Graswald gave conflicting statements about her partner’s death during a police interrogation, according to the Washington Post. The Associated Press reports Graswald admitted during an an interrogation that she had removed a plug from the kayak before they went out on the Hudson.Police said she sabotaged Viafore’s kayak to kill him in order to get his $250,000 life insurance policy.
“I wanted him dead, and now he’s gone and I’m fine with it,” she told police during the interrogation. She also said the two had a bad relationship. Graswald did not call 911 immediately after the incident.
“I loved Vince very much and miss him terribly,” Graswald said in a statement read by her lawyer on Wednesday after the hearing. “I don’t believe I was treated fairly. This entire process was incredibly one-sided and unjust.”
During a victim impact statement, Viafore’s sister Laura Rice stated, “My brother did not deserve to have his life end this way. Our family feels Angelika should be held accountable for the actions she has admitted to where a short four year sentence does not seem just. [...] Vinny’s life ended far too soon! The world has lost a truly amazing person and we can never get him back. Vinny is missed every day and will never be forgotten while he remains in in in our hearts forever.”
[Photo: New York State Police]