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Woman Who Killed Fiancé Will Now Get A Portion Of His Life Insurance

A judge ruled that a woman was entitled to a portion of his $1 million life insurance payout after the man died. His family is extremely upset over the ruling, considering the woman was convicted of killing him last year. Now that the court battle is over, however, the family is looking forward to putting the ordeal behind them.

Angelika Graswald pleaded guilty to negligent homicide last year after the death of her 46-year-old fiancé Vincent Viafore. The couple had been kayaking in the Hudson River in New York on a lovely day, and things seemed to be going well.

They stopped the kayaks on Bannermann's Island to relax a while when the weather turned on them. They decided to head back to Plum Point, but on the way, Viafore's kayak sank and he was swept away by frigid, choppy waters.

Graswald called 911 and emergency rescuers arrived. Graswald was rescued but Viafore’s body was nowhere to be found. His kayak was recovered, but it took a month of searching before his body was found.

Police claim that in an interview immediately after the incident, Graswald confessed to them that she had pulled the plug on his kayak and held the oar away from him while he struggled and begged her to call 911. Police also claim she said she felt her fiancé was demanding, controlling and sex-craved, pushing her to go to strip clubs with him and trying to get her to have threesomes.

The next day, Graswald faced an 11-hour interrogation. Police said she told them that she was glad he was dead.

Graswald denied telling police that she wanted her fiancé dead, and denies that she had anything to do with his death. She claims the interrogation brought her to her breaking point and she began telling police what they wanted to hear.

She was indicted on charges of 2nd degree murder and manslaughter, but ended up pleading to the lesser charge. She was sentenced to one and a half to four years, but has since been released for good behavior and is living in a halfway house.

Viafore had a $1 million life insurance policy, and the 36-year-old Latvian immigrant has been fighting his family for 45 percent of the payout, nearly half a million dollars. Graswald was Viafore's beneficiary for half the amount, which would have entitled her to $491,000. His mother and sister were also beneficiaries, with $500,000 going to them.

The family initially fought to prevent Graswald from winning anything, as they believe she murdered their loved one in cold blood. Viafore's mother and sister have reportedly settled with Graswald for an undisclosed amount, a portion of the $491,000. The family wanted to have the matter behind them so that they could finally put the matter behind them.

"It’s time to let this family move on," said attorney Allan Rappleyea, who is representing the Viafore family.

"It’s been a nightmare for the last almost three years. She doesn’t deserve the money. She caused his death!" said Viafore's mother, Mary Ann, to the New York Post last year. "Of course she was reckless. She removed the cap, and the kayak filled up and he went in the river. And then she did something to the paddle."

Source: Daily Mail
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