An Upstate New York woman dubbed the “kayak killer” will receive some of her dead fiance’s life insurance, according to multiple reports.
Angelika GraswaldÂ was convicted last year of killing Vincent Viafore, her husband-to-be, by pulling the plug on his kayak during a paddle on the Hudson River in 2015.Â Graswald, a Latvian national, wasÂ sentenced to four years in prison after admitting to criminally negligent homicide in the Poughkeepsie man’s death.
The Hudson Valley PostÂ reportsÂ prosecutors believed her motive was to collect on Viafore’sÂ $491,000 life insurance policy, of which she was entitled to 45 percent.Â His family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Graswald to stop her from collecting the money.
CBSÂ reports Graswald returned to court on Monday seeking the money from his life insurance policy. Attorneys said she and Viafore’s family reached a settlement entitling her to at least a portion of the death benefits, but would not say how much.
“There is a financial settlement, the amount of which is confidential,” Graswald’s lawyer, Anthony Piscionere,Â said.
Viafore’s mother previously pledged to stopÂ Graswald from getting any of the payout because she “caused his death,” but apparently softened her stance.
“It’s time to let this family move on,” Allan Rappleyea, the attorney for the Viafore family, added.
Graswald admitted she pulled the plug from her fiance’s kayak in the Hudson River and watched him drown, allegedly moving his paddle away from him. Fox News reports she then reported him missing; his body was found a month later.
She was released in December 2017, just one month after being sentenced to four years due to nearly three years of time already served behind bars.
Piscionere saidÂ she was still entitled to Viafore’s death benefits despite pleading guilty toÂ criminally negligent homicide.
“The 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,” Piscionere told CBS.