A woman in New York has been sentenced to 16 months to four years in prison but may be released as soon as late December because of credit for time served while waiting for her trial in jail.
Angelika Griswold, 37, admitted to removing a plug from her fiance's kayak before it capsized in the Hudson River causing him to drown. She pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide for the death of her fiance, Vincent Viafore, 46. Griswold maintains her innocence because she says she didn't intend to kill him.
Her sentencing took place Wednesday and she gave a statement through her lawyer, "I loved Vince very much and miss him terribly." After the hearing, her attorney Richard Portale spoke for her again saying, "I don't believe I was treated fairly. This entire process was incredibly one-sided and unjust."
The truth seems to paint a different story. During her initial interview with police, Griswold said, "I wanted him dead, and now he's gone and I'm fine with it." Prosecutors took her attitude and the $250,000 life insurance police her fiance had and put the two together to form the motive.
The victim's sister also spoke after the hearing, "My brother did not deserve to have his life end this way. Our family feels Angelika should be held accountable for the actions she has admitted to where a short four-year sentence does not seem just."
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