Poughkeepsie woman sentenced in fiance's kayak death

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The Poughkeepsie woman who pleaded guilty in the killing of her fiance on the Hudson River was sentenced Wednesday to 1 1/3 to four years in prison.

Angelika Graswald, dubbed the Kayak Killer, was sentenced in Orange County court for criminally negligent homicide.

Graswald was facing murder charges in the death of Vincent Viafore, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge in a plea deal in July.

Graswald received credit for the 2 1/2 years that she already served in prison. She is expected to be released in December.

As part of her plea, Graswald admitted to causing her fiance's drowning by removing the plug from a kayak used during a trip on the Hudson in 2015.

However, her attorney read a statement Wednesday after court from Graswald that indicated she was maintaining her innocence.

"Never would I imagine waking up one day and finding myself behind bars, charged with murdering the man I love. This entire process has been incredibly difficult for me. I love Vince very much and miss him terribly. When we went kayaking that day, my intention was for both of us to come home,"  the statement said.

Prosecutors say Graswald was unhappy in the relationship and looking to cash out on Viafore's life insurance when she tampered with his kayak and failed to help him while he was drowning.

Viafore's mother spoke after court, saying justice has not been served for her son.

Graswald, a Latvian native, could now face deportation once released from jail.

For an interview with the victim's mother, click here.

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