A woman who admitted sinking her fiance’s kayak to drown him will be out of prison in time for Christmas, officials said.
Angelika Graswald, 37, pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide, admitting she pulled the plug on her fiance Vincent Viafore’s kayak in New York City’s Hudson River.
She had earlier told police she had become tired of Viafore’s alledge demands for sex porn and threesomes.
She had been facing murder and manslaughter charges but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge.
Latvian Graswald, who was sentenced to 16 months to 4 years in jail just a month ago, will be released Thursday from the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in Westchester County, the state Department of Corrections said.
In a statement, the DOCCS said: “She will be residing and supervised by Community Supervision staff in Orange County.”
Graswald admitted to knowing Viafore was drinking, that he was not wearing a life vest, and that the locking clip to his paddle was missing.
She initially told police she and her fiance were kayaking on the Hudson River in April of 2015 when choppy waters caused his kayak to capsize.
She was arrested shortly after the incident after giving inconsistent statements to police.
The missing kayak plug was recovered from the car Graswald was driving, prosecutors said.
Vincent’s mother, Mary Ann Viafore, said: “I miss my son.
“That’s what’s running through my heart.”
Richard Portale, her attorney, said: “She didn’t want to go through it.
“She didn’t want the family to have to go through it.
“There’s no winners at the end of a trial like that.”
Graswald, who is a legal US resident born in Latvia, faced deportation as a result of her conviction.
During an 11-hour police interrogation Graswald bizarrely performed yoga poses and said she wanted to be free after their love become strained when he pressured for “sexual stuff”.
“He wanted threesomes, porn, everything,” she said.
Nigeria Football Federation boss Amaju Pinnick under fresh corruption probe
Several properties belonging to top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), including its president Amaju Pinnick, have been seized in a fresh corruption probe.
The latest investigation and seizures are being carried out by the country’s Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission’s (ICPC).
The ICPC has published a newspaper advertisement about the properties seized – half of which belong to Pinnick.
According to the statement published in the Nigerian papers one of Pinnick’s properties is in London.
It comes amidst wide-ranging claims over how money meant for football development allegedly disappeared.
“We can’t go into further details beyond the fact that many officials of the NFF are under investigation,” ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa said.
“It’s basically because what they have is in excess of what they have earned.”
The ICPC has also taken control of properties belonging to the NFF second vice-president Shehu Dikko and the general secretary Muhamed Sanusi among others.
Rwanda ban Burundi,s music star ahead of annual festival
Burundian musician Jean Pierre Nimbona, popularly known as Kidum, has told the BBC he is confused by Rwanda’s decision to ban him from playing at the upcoming Kigali Jazz Fusion festival.
Kidum is one of Burundi’s biggest music stars and has performed in Rwanda for the past 16 years.
But a police official phoned the musician’s manager to warn that he would only be allowed to make private visits to Rwanda.
“[My manager was told] Kidum is not supposed to perform, tell him to leave. If he comes for private visits fine, but no performances,” the musician told BBC’s Focus on Africa radio programme.
The mayor of Rwanda’s capital said that in this instance permission had not been sought from the authorities for him to perform at the festival in Kigali.
Kidum was a leading peace activist during Burundi’s civil war between 1993 and 2003 and used his songs to call for reconciliation.
The 44-year-old musician said he had never had problems with Rwandan authorities until recently when three of his shows were cancelled at the last minute – including one in December 2018.
That month Burundi had banned Meddy, a musician who is half-Burundian, half-Rwandan, from performing in the main city of Bujumbura.
Kidum said he was unsure if the diplomatic tensions between Burundi and Rwanda had influenced his ban.
“I don’t know, I don’t have any evidence about that. And if there was politics, I’m not a player in politics, I’m just a freelance musician based in Nairobi,” he said.
He said he would not challenge the ban: “There’s nothing I can do, I just wait until maybe the decision is changed some day.
“It’s similar to a family house and you are denied entry… so you just have to wait maybe until the head of the family decides otherwise.”
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