Teen sentenced for murdering foster mom

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PAINESVILLE, Ohio -- A handcuffed 19-year-old played with tissues as she waited to hear her sentence Monday.

Sabrina Zunich was convicted of aggravated murder for stabbing Lisa Knoefel to death in Willoughby Hills in November 2012.

(Sabrina Zunich, seated front, during her sentencing on Sept. 29, 2014/Credit: FOX 8's Stacey Frey)

(Sabrina Zunich, seated front, during her sentencing on Sept. 29, 2014/Credit: FOX 8's Stacey Frey)

Zunich admitted it was a plan she and her foster father came up with in order to collect hundreds of thousands of dollars in insurance money.

A judge ordered Zunich to spend life in prison with the eligibility of parole after 30 years.

It was the deal she agreed to in exchange for her testimony against her former foster father, however the judge said there were other sentences he could have imposed.

The judge said he considered many factors, including the serious physical and psychological harm the victim suffered as she fought and pleaded for her life, then ultimately died.

Zunich's confession helped put Kevin Knoefel away for life.  He was sentenced in August.

Knoefel never spoke in court but his attorney maintains he had nothing to do with the murder.

Zunich will be locked up at the Ohio Reformatory for Women at Marysville.

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