Woman Pleads Guilty in Fiancé's Kayak Death on NY River

Angelika Graswald and Vincent Viafore

Angelika Graswald and Vincent Viafore

A woman accused of removing a drain plug from her fiance's kayak and contributing to his drowning on New York's Hudson River has pleaded guilty.

Weeks before the case was set to go to trial, Graswald reached an agreement with prosecutors to plead guilty to the lesser felony charge of negligent homicide, in which she admitted she should have perceived the risks of the dangers out on the water that day.

She also denied to ABC News' "20/20" that she had removed the plug from Viafore's kayak with the intent to kill him, saying, "No, I did not".

She added that she wanted to be free of her fiance, who she said made "sexual demands", including "threesomes".

Graswald's defence attorney dismissed her statement claiming it was "cherry-picked" from more than 11 hours of recordings and that she couldn't have saved her partner without a lifejacket.

Ms. Graswald's lawyer did not immediately return a call for comment.

"While no outcome can compensate for the loss of a beloved son, brother and uncle, this disposition will hopefully bring a measure of closure to the Viafore family", Hoovler said.

'This plea ensures that the defendant will be held criminally liable for her actions. "By pleading guilty the defendant has acknowledged that Vincent Viafore's death was not simply a traffic accident, but the result of this defendant's criminal conduct". In three jailhouse interviews with PEOPLE, Graswald tearfully described Viaforte's death as a tragic accident - and not a homicide.

But Graswald told police, "I wanted him dead", in an interrogation, during which she also bizarrely performed yoga poses.

Her lawyer had previously argued Viafore capsized because he'd been drinking, and the "pinkie-sized" drain plug - which was found in Graswald's auto - made no difference.

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