GOSHEN, N.Y. – A lady who admitted eradicating a plug from her fiance’s kayak earlier than it capsized within the Hudson River however maintained she was falsely accused of deliberately inflicting his loss of life was sentenced on Wednesday to as much as 4 years in state jail.
Angelika Graswald, 37, pleaded responsible final summer season to criminally negligent murder within the loss of life of her fiance, Vincent Viafore, 46, of Poughkeepsie. Her sentence, of 16 months to 4 years, means she could possibly be launched on parole as quickly as late December, primarily based on the period of time she spent in jail awaiting trial.
“I loved Vince very much and miss him terribly,” she mentioned in a press release learn by her lawyer, Richard Portale, after the listening to. “I don’t believe I was treated fairly. This entire process was incredibly one-sided and unjust.”
The sentencing wrapped up an uncommon case that started when Graswald had an opportunity encounter with police investigators when she returned to put flowers on the Hudson River island that she and her fiance had visited the day he died.
Police initially thought-about Viafore’s loss of life in uneven, frigid waters through the couple’s 2015 kayaking journey an accident. But Graswald made some suspicious feedback to investigators, together with mentioning that she had eliminated a plug from the kayak earlier than they put it within the water.
Graswald was questioned for 11 hours and advised police she was ambivalent about Viafore’s drowning as a result of they’d been in a foul relationship.
“I wanted him dead, and now he’s gone and I’m fine with it,” she mentioned through the interrogation.
Police and prosecutors developed a idea that Graswald, additionally of Poughkeepsie, plotted to kill Viafore to gather a number of the $250,000 from his life insurance coverage insurance policies. Graswald initially was charged with second-degree homicide and manslaughter.
Her trial was a few month away in July when prosecutors deserted the homicide accusation amid questions on whether or not they would be capable of show a case primarily based totally on her contradictory statements.
In change, Graswald, a Latvian nationwide, pleaded responsible to the negligent-homicide cost. She might face deportation after her sentence is accomplished, prosecutors mentioned.
Viafore’s relations have mentioned they wished a harsher punishment.
“My brother did not deserve to have his life end this way,” Viafore’s sister, Laura Rice, mentioned in a pre-sentence sufferer affect badertion. “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.”