Attorney: Woman whose fiance drowned grateful to be released

BEDFORD HILLS, new york – The lawyer of a woman who pleaded guilty in the drowning death of her fiancé during a New York kayak outing says she is grateful to be out of the prison.

Angelika Graswald was released Thursday from Bedford Hills prison.

She and her fiance, the 46-year-old Vincent Viafiore, were on the Hudson River in April 2015 when he was drowned. The prosecutors said she admitted sabotaging his kayak by pulling the drain plug, and suggested that she wanted money from his life insurance policy.

She was initially charged with the murder. But she later said her statements were inconsistent and she pled guilty to criminal negligence homicide. She was behind bars for almost three years.

She did not speak to reporters waiting outside the prison in the state of New York. Her lawyer Richard Portale said that they would work on a reconstruction of her life.

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