After Her Fiance's Death, 'Kayak Killer' Gets Up to 4 Years in Prison

November 10, 2017Nov 10, 2017

The Associated Press reports that a New York woman has pleaded guilty in the death of her fiance. As a result, she has been sentenced to four years in prison, although she may be released within the next six months. 

Angelika Graswald, 37, was ordered on Wednesday to serve 16 months to four years for the April 2015 death of her 46-year-old fiance, who drowned in the Hudson River after Graswald tampered with his kayak. 

A defense attorney said that she may be paroled late next month, with her having served two-and-a-half years toward her sentence. Apparently, Viafore's family is furious at the soft sentencing. 

“Four years for taking someone’s life? No way,” Viafore’s mother said, according to Associated Press. “Justice was not served for my son.”

Graswald, who was first charged with Viafore's murder, pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide in July. It was reported that she admitted to removing a plug from her fiance's kayak before they went into the water. Moreover, she admitted that she knew one of his paddles was missing a locking clip, that he wasn't wearing a life vest, and that their trip along the river was in the midst of deadly, cold waters. 

Her fiance's boat capsized, but rather than calling for help, she waited for him to drown. She desired to collect life insurance from him since she was the primary beneficiary. Beforehand she had remarked that she wanted her fiance dead and was very unhappy with their relationship. 

“I don’t believe I was treated fairly. This entire process has been entirely one-sided and unjust,” she said.

She claims that she is not a murderer and that she misses her dead fiance. 

"Never would I imagine waking up one day and finding myself behind bars, charged with murdering the man I love. This entire process has been incredibly difficult for me. I love Vince very much and miss him terribly. When we went kayaking that day, my intention was for both of us to come home," her statement said, according to Westchester News.

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