Woman Who Sabotoged Fiancé’s Kayak Is Sentenced to Up to 4 Years

NEW YORK — A woman who pleaded guilty to sabotaging her fiance’s kayak shortly before he drowned on the couple’s 2015 trip on the Hudson River was sentenced Wednesday to 16 months to four years in jail.

The woman, Angelika Graswald, had faced manslaughter and murder charges in the death of Vincent Viafore. Prosecutors said she had watched him drown, even moving a paddle out of his reach as he flailed in the water. In July, she pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of criminally negligent homicide as part of a deal with prosecutors.

Graswald, 37, will be given credit for 2½ years she has already spent in jail since her arrest.


What had begun as a distress call to 911 from a devastated fiancee reporting a tragic accident on the water ended with the police zeroing in on Graswald for orchestrating Viafore’s death. Prosecutors said she had removed the craft’s plug and was aware that a clip to lock the kayak paddles in place was gone.

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