State Police Trooper Shooter Found Guilty

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Michigan State Police

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.

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