As another year wraps, I decided to look back at some cases KOC was tracking that ended this year–at least at the trial phase. I’m also looking ahead to trials that should take place in 2018. In July, on the eve of trial, Angelika Graswald, charged with the drowning murder of her fiance on the Hudson River, took a plea to criminally negligent homicide and received not much more than time already served. Her actual sentence, imposed in November, was 1-1/4 to 4 years but, because she had been incarcerated since her arrest in late April 2015, she received credit for that time served. Graswald walked free a few days before Christmas though, I suspect, will soon face deportation to Latvia, her home country. That Graswald received so little punishment for Vincent Viafore’s death may seem unjust but, as those…

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