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Jury convicts man in state trooper shooting death

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MSP Trooper Paul Butterfield II MSP Trooper Paul Butterfield II

A jury in Ludington has found a man guilty offirst-degree murder in the killing a Michigan state trooper during a trafficstop.

Eric Knysz, 20, of Irons was on trial in the September shooting of 43-year-old Trooper Paul Butterfield II in Mason County.

A jury got the case Tuesday and took about two hours to convict him on the murder and other charges.

Authorities say Knysz had stolen guns with him when Butterfield pulled over his pickup truck. Knysz's wife Sarah testified against him.

In closing arguments Tuesday, Prosecutor Paul Spaniola said the evidence is clear that Knysz is guilty.

Defense lawyer David Glancy says the only witness placing Knysz in the pickup that day is his wife, who benefited from a plea deal.

Butterfield was a 1988 graduate of Bridgeport High School and was a 1987 Class A State Cross Country Champion.

Butterfield had been with the MSP for 14 years and worked at the MSP detachment in Hart. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and had recently become engaged to be married.

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