Northeast Ohio teen pleads guilty in stabbing death of foster mother



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PAINESVILLE, Ohio — A northeast Ohio teen has pleaded guilty to killing her foster mother as part of a conspiracy with her romantically involved foster father.

Nineteen-year-old Sabrina Zunich (ZOO'-nik) pleaded guilty to aggravated murder on Thursday in Lake County, and likely will be sentenced to life in prison later.

Zunich testified against Kevin Knoefel (kuh-NOF'-uhl) earlier this year as part of a plea agreement. Knoefel was found guilty of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder for convincing Zunich to kill Lisa Knoefel, and sexual battery for having had sex with the teen.

Zunich's attorney is seeking the possibility of parole after 20 years. He says his client is remorseful and that she would never have killed Lisa Knoefel had it not been for the influence of her foster father.

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