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FILE - In this May 29, 2015 file photo, Angelika Graswald, center, stands in court with her attorneys Jeffrey Chartier, left, and Richard Portale at her arraignment in Goshen, N.Y. Graswald, accused of removing a drain plug from her fiance Vincent Viafore's kayak and contributing to his drowning on New York's Hudson river, pleaded guilty on Monday, July 24, 2017 to to criminally negligent homicide. (Allyse Pulliam/Times Herald-Record via AP, Pool, File)

A woman pleaded guilty in her fiance's kayaking death



A woman accused of killing her fiance during a 2015 kayaking trip on the Hudson River in New York pleaded guilty Monday to criminal negligent homicide.

In 2015, Angelika Graswald, 37, initially pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and manslaughter in connection with the death of her fiance, 46-year-old Vince Viafore.

The couple had taken a trip to Bannerman Island on April 19, 2015, and Graswald claimed Viafore's boat capsized and he had disappeared. Viafore's body was recovered on May 23, 2015.

As part of her plea on Monday, Graswald admitted that by removing the plug from Viafore's kayak, she contributed to his death. Graswald also admitted that she knew one of her fiance's paddles was missing and that he wasn't wearing a life jacket or a wet suit, USA Today reports.

In a taped interrogation with police just 10 days after her fiance disappeared, Graswald repeatedly denied killing Viafore.

Following Monday's plea, prosecutors released a statement saying Graswald's actions were a "gross deviation from the standard of conduct that a reasonable person would have observed in the situation."

Graswald is expected to be sentenced on Nov. 1.

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