Woman pleads guilty in fiance's kayaking death

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A Poughkeepsie woman has pleaded guilty in connection with her fiance's death while kayaking on the Hudson River, Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler announced Monday.

Angelika Graswald, 37, pleaded guilty to a charge of criminally negligent homicide in the 2015 death of her fiance, Vincent Viafore, as part of an apparent plea deal with a recommended sentence of 1 1/3 to four years in prison.

Graswald was awaiting trial, charged with second-degree murder and accused of tampering with Viafore's kayak, causing him to drown in the Hudson River on April 19, 2015, in order to cash in on Viafore's life insurance policy. Graswald's defense, however, maintained that Viafore was intoxicated and not wearing a life vest at the time.

Graswald was at first considered by police as a grieving fiancee and victim in an accident, but wound up being charged after conflicting statements and odd behavior, such as posting smiling selfies to Facebook just days after Viafore's death.

Graswald will be sentenced Nov. 1 in Orange County court. It's possible that she could be released on time served.

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