Daughter gets life in foster mom's stabbing death

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Posted: Sep 29, 2014 10:48 AM

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio teenager who killed her foster mother in 2012 at her foster father's urging has been sentenced to life in prison with a chance for parole in 30 years.

Nineteen-year-old Sabrina Zunich (ZOO'-nik) pleaded guilty last month to aggravated murder in the stabbing death of 41-year-old Lisa Knoefel (kuh-NAY'-ful) in their home in the Cleveland suburbs.

Zunich testified at the trial of Kevin Knoefel that he'd threatened suicide if his wife wasn't killed. Zunich and the now 44-year-old Kevin Knoefel were romantically involved.

Kevin Knoefel received the same sentence as Zunich after a jury found him guilty of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder and sexual battery. Prosecutors say Knoefel wanted his wife dead to collect $750,000 in life insurance.

Zunich said Monday at sentencing that she was remorseful.