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Northeast Ohio man gets life in wife's death

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A judge has sentenced a northeast Ohio man to life in prison for a conspiracy that led to his foster daughter allegedly stabbing his wife to death.

A jury in June found 44-year-old Kevin Knoefel (Kuh-NA'-ful) of Willoughby Hills guilty of conspiracy and complicity to commit murder in his wife's death, as well as sexual battery for having had a sexual relationship with now 19-year-old Sabrina Zunich (zoo-NIK').

She is charged with aggravated murder in Lisa Knoefel's 2012 stabbing death. She testified against her foster father as part of a plea deal.

Kevin Knoefel got life with parole possibility after 30 years on Wednesday in a Lake County courtroom.

Knoefel, who plans to appeal, contended that Zunich was mentally ill and acted alone.

 

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