A woman dubbed the ‚Äúkayak killer‚ÄĚ — who drowned her fianc√© 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,” Graswald‚Äôs 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 However, as a result of that settlement, the administrator of the estate has withdrawn that action to disqualify her from taking any funds.”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, Viafore‚Äôs family agreed to drop their wrongful death lawsuit against Graswald. In return, Graswald dropped her appeal in her homicide case.
Viafore‚Äôs family filed the lawsuit to prevent Graswald from getting a single penny of her former fiance‚Äôs life insurance payout.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs been a nightmare for the last, almost three years,‚ÄĚ Viafore‚Äôs mother, Mary Ann Viafore, previously told the New York Post. ‚ÄúShe doesn‚Äôt deserve the money. She caused his death!‚ÄĚ
Graswald was released from prison in December after spending nearly three years behind bars for criminally negligent homicide in Viafore‚Äôs death. She pulled the train plug on Viafore‚Äôs 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.¬†
‚ÄúThe 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,‚ÄĚ Piscionere told CBS New York.
Graswald was entitled to receive 45 percent of Viafore‚Äôs death benefits as the policy‚Äôs primary beneficiary, according to the report.