Sabrina Zunich Indicted For Plotting With Foster Father To Kill His Wife


A teenage girl is facing life behind bars after she was charged with aggravated murder in the death of her foster mother.

Sabrina Zunich (pictured above), 19, was arrested following the Nov. 16, 2012 murder of Lisa Knoefel.

If convicted she could face 23 years to life in prison.

After a Lake County jury trial last month, Zunich’s foster father Kevin Knoefel, 43, was convicted of conspiring to kill his wife.

Knoefel, of Ohio, was accused of having a sexual relationship with his foster daughter, who was 17 at the time, and instructing her to stab his wife, the Daily Mail reports.

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He was convicted of six counts of sexual battery against Zunich, three counts of complicity to aggravated murder and two counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder.

He will be sentenced Aug. 6 and faces 25 years to life in prison, reports The Associated Press.

Zunich testified that she had fallen in love with her foster father and was afraid he would commit suicide if she didn’t kill Lisa Knoefel.

Zunich said she donned a ski mask before stabbing Knoefel’s 41-year-old wife to death in her bed as she fought back.

The teenager stabbed and cut Lisa Knoefel more than 150 times with a 10-inch serrated knife, according to prosecutors.

Zunich said they talked about several plans to kill Lisa, including shooting her and making it look like a burglary, or finding a hit man. reports that Zunich has now been indicted in connection to her foster mother’s murder and she is scheduled to appear in court next week.

Sources: Daily MailThe Associated Press via WANE-TVFox 8


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