Woman accused in fiance’s river kayaking death pleads guilty
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.