Woman ac­cused in fi­ance’s river kayak­ing death pleads guilty

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

GOSHEN, N.Y. — A woman who was ac­cused of in­ten­tion­ally drown­ing her fi­ance in the Hud­son River by tam­per­ing with his kayak as part of a mur­der­ous plot to col­lect on his life in­sur­ance pleaded guilty on Monday to a lesser charge that could min­i­mize the amount of ad­di­tional time she spends in jail. An­ge­lika Graswald, a Lat­vian na­tional, had been charged with se­cretly re­mov­ing a drain plug from Vin­cent Vi­afore’s kayak be­fore a day­long a boat­ing ex­cur­sion and then watch­ing him drown af­ter he cap­sized in the river in 2015. Her at­tor­ney had said that the death was an ac­ci­dent, caused by high waves, cold wa­ter and al­co­hol, and that po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors had co­erced her into blam­ing her­self for the death dur­ing a lengthy in­ter­ro­ga­tion. Graswald, who had been fac­ing mur­der and man­slaugh­ter charges, had been in cus­tody await­ing trial.

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