Man sentenced to life in prison for conspiring with foster daughter to kill wife

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PAINESVILLE, Ohio -- A 43‎-year-old man convicted of seducing his foster daughter and then convincing her to kill his wife has been sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 30 years.

Kevin Knoefel was also sentenced to 12 years for sexual battery charges involving the foster daughter. The sentences are to be served consecutively.

Knoefel was found guilty in June on 11 counts in the case.

Their foster daughter, 19, said it was Knoefel who hatched the plan to kill  his wife, Lisa, and collect $785,000 from various life insurance policies. She said she was following Knoefel’s plan when she stabbed her 178 times in November 2012.

Knoefel was found guilty of six counts of sexual battery, three counts of complicity to commit aggravated murder and two counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder.

During Wedensday's sentencing hearing, the victim's ex-husband spoke, calling Kevin "weak." Kevin Knoefel's defense attorney objected. Later in the hearing, the ex-husband cursed at the defense attorney and was ordered removed from the courtroom.

Before the sentencing, the prosecutor said there has been no remorse on Knoefel's behalf throughout the court proceedings.

The defense attorney says there has not been remorse, because he claims Knoefel is innocent. He also said the jury's verdict was "absurd." The judge disagreed.

Knoefel chose not to speak on his own behalf prior to sentencing.

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