In Nov. 2012, 18-year-old Sabrina Zunich stabbed her foster mother 178 times, brutally killing Lisa Knoefel in front of the the 41-year-old's teenage and infant daughters. Today in a Lake County courtroom, a jury agreed with prosecutors that Kevin Knoefel convinced his foster daughter to kill her.
Kevin Knoefel was convicted on each of the 11 charges he faced: two counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder, three counts of complicity to aggravated murder and six counts of sexual battery based on a sexual relationship he had with the girl.
The death of Lisa Knoefel and troubled life of Sabrina Zunch was featured in a September 2013 cover story in Scene called "Worth More Dead Than Alive," a title based on what Kevin Knoefel allegedly said regarding the life insurance payouts he'd get should his wife die.
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