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$6.2 million awarded in Lisa Knoefel murder case

It comes more than four years after Lisa Knoefel was murdered in Lake County.

Kevin Knoefel in court for sentencing.

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio -- A judge has awarded $6.2 million in damages for two girls who saw their mother fatally stabbed by their teenage foster sister, who had a sexual relationship with the victim's husband.

The News-Herald in Willoughby reports a Lake County judge awarded $5 million in damages against the attacker, Sabrina Zunich, and $1.2 million against the man, Kevin Knoefel.

Authorities alleged Knoefel persuaded his foster daughter to kill his 41-year-old wife, Lisa, in 2012 so he could collect life insurance money.

Zunich, 22, is serving 30 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated murder and testifying against her foster father.

Knoefel was convicted of complicity and sexual battery charges and sentenced to life in prison. He argued that Zunich acted alone.

This crime landed in the national spotlight as a featured story on NBC's Dateline.