'Kayak Killer' Angelika Graswald, Who Watched Fiancé Drown, Will Get Life Insurance Payout

August 14, 2018
By: Catherine Townsend

Photo by: Angelika Graswald [New York State Police]

Angelika Graswald [New York State Police]

DUTCHESS COUNTY, NY — A court has ruled that Angelika Graswald, the woman who pulled a plug from her late fiancé’s kayak on the Hudson River, is entitled to part of his insurance policy.

There is a financial settlement, the amount of which is confidential,” Graswald’s attorney, Anthony Piscionere, told CBS New York.

It is not known specifically how much Graswald will receive. The victim, Vince Viafore, had named Graswald the beneficiary of 45 percent of his death benefit, which totaled just over $491,000.

Graswald, a Latvian native, pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide in June 2017 after she admitted pulling the plug in Viafore’s kayak and watching him drown. The couple was paddling on the Hudson near Bannerman Island on April 19, 2015 when the incident occurred.

Viafore’s body was found almost a month later.

Graswald took a plea deal in which she admitted to failing to perceive that her actions would lead to his death. She has always maintained, however, that she never intended to kill Viafore and that his death was a tragic accident.

Graswald was released from prison in December 2017 after serving fewer than three years behind bars.

Viafore’s family had been trying to block any sort of settlement, but, according to a family attorney, they are now hoping to just put the case behind them. Allan Rappleyea, the attorney for the Viafore family, said that he hoped that the family would be allowed to “move on.”

The life insurance money has been in the court’s possession since the lawsuit to stop disbursement was filed, and will now be distributed according to the financial settlement.

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