Woman sentenced for fiance's river kayaking death

2017-11-09 07:54


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Goshen - A woman who admitted to causing her fiance's death by removing a plug from his kayak before a Hudson River outing in the US has been sentenced to up to four years in state prison.

Thirty-seven-year-old Angelika Graswald received the sentence in the Orange County Court of 16 months to four years. She pleaded guilty last summer to criminally negligent homicide.

Graswald was originally charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of 46-year-old Vincent Viafore, of Poughkeepsie, who drowned while the couple was kayaking in April 2015.

Graswald, a Latvian national, admitted to pulling out the plug of Viafore's kayak before they set out on the river on a day when conditions were dangerous.

Her lawyer says because Graswald has been in jail since her arrest she could be released on parole in late December.

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