State Police Trooper Shooter Found Guilty
Michigan State Police
Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – A jury in downstate Ludington has found the man charged with shooting and killing a Michigan State Police Trooper in West Michigan last year guilty.
The jury took just two hours yesterday to convict 20-year-old Eric Knysz of Luther of first degree murder and other charges in the death of 43-year old Trooper Paul Butterfield.
Knysz allegedly shot Butterfield in the head during a traffic stop in September near Ludington. The murder charge carries a penalty of up to life in prison without parole.
His 21-year old wife, Sarah, was sentenced in December to two to five years in prison after pleading guilty to accessory after the fact to a felony and car theft.
She agreed to testify against her husband and has said they were traveling with stolen guns when Butterfield stopped their car.