A woman dubbed the â€śkayak killerâ€ť — who drowned her fiancĂ© by pulling the plug on the couple’s small boat — was awarded a portion of his $491,000 life insurance payout Monday.
Angelika Graswald and the family of Vincent Viafore came to an agreement that would give the convicted Latvian native a financial settlement, the Poughkeepsie Journal reported.
“Everything has gotten resolved,” Graswaldâ€™s lawyer Anthony Piscionere told the news site. “There is a financial settlement, the amount of which is confidential. However, as a result of that settlement, the administrator of the estate has withdrawn that action to disqualify her from taking any funds.”
As part of the agreement, Viaforeâ€™s family agreed to drop their wrongful death lawsuit against Graswald. In return, Graswald dropped her appeal in her homicide case.
Viaforeâ€™s family filed the lawsuit to prevent Graswald from getting a single penny of her former fianceâ€™s life insurance payout.
â€śItâ€™s been a nightmare for the last, almost three years,â€ť Viaforeâ€™s mother, Mary Ann Viafore, previously told the New York Post. â€śShe doesnâ€™t deserve the money. She caused his death!â€ť
Graswald was released from prison in December after spending nearly three years behind bars for criminally negligent homicide in Viaforeâ€™s death. She pulled the train plug on Viaforeâ€™s kayak while they were paddling on the Hudson River in 2015 and watched him drown. She then reported him missing until officials found his body a month later.
She admitted in court that she failed to see her actions would lead to Viafore’s death.Â
â€śThe criminal plea did not disqualify our client from taking these funds. They still had to prove that she recklessly or intentionally committed this murder, and I think that was going to be a very high bar for them to meet,â€ť Piscionere told CBS New York.
Graswald was entitled to receive 45 percent of Viaforeâ€™s death benefits as the policyâ€™s primary beneficiary, according to the report.