‘Kayak Killer’ Freed From Prison In Time For Christmas

BEDFORD HILLS, NY (AP) – The woman who pleaded guilty to killing her fiance by sabotaging his kayak and drowning him in the Hudson River is already getting out of jail.

Angelika Graswald, a Latvian national, admitted to criminally negligent homicide in Vincent Viafore’s 2015 drowning death in November. The so-called “kayak killer” was sentenced to up to four years in prison, but will be released on parole after just a month this Saturday due to time served, Hudson Valley News 12 reported.

Now, Graswald faces 16 months of parole in Dutchess County and the possibility of deportation.

Graswald removed the plug on Viafore’s kayak knowing that he wasn’t wearing a life vest and that the River waters were dangerous and cold at the time. She was initially charged with second degree murder and manslaughter after the plug was found in Graswald’s car.

She was originally arrested on April 30, 2015. Viafore’s body was found a month later, Spectrum News reported. Officials claimed that a $250,000 life insurance policy was the motivation for the crime.