Father of fallen MSP trooper speaks to TV5 - WNEM TV 5

Father of fallen MSP trooper speaks to TV5

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Paul Butterfield Sr. and his wife Pat. Paul Butterfield Sr. and his wife Pat.
FRANKENMUTH, MI (WNEM) -

A Mid-Michigan family has seen justice served, nearly six months after a traffic stop ended in tragedy.

A jury convicted the man who killed Michigan State Trooper Paul Butterfield II, who was gunned down during a traffic stop near Ludington last September. Eric Knysz was convicted of first-degree murder in that shooting.

On Wednesday, Paul Butterfield's dad told TV5 the verdict doesn't lessen the pain.

"I'm glad he'll never be able to hurt anyone again. In the sense of what justice is in the court system, I guess it has been served but we'll always miss Paul," said Butterfield Sr.

TV5 sat down with Paul Butterfield Sr., and his wife Pat in their Frankenmuth home Wednesday.

"During that whole trial he didn't show any emotion, not any grief, nothing," said Butterfield Sr. They say no matter how Knysz's sentencing turns out, it won't change how empty his family feels without Paul.

"I mean, we've lost our son - how can you ever replace that? You can't," said Butterfield Sr.

A retired Michigan State Trooper himself, Butterfield Sr. says it's a tough battle as he still mourns the loss of his son.

"I'd like to say it's better, but it's not. I miss him so much," said Butterfield Sr.

The jury returned the guilty verdict in less than two hours on Tuesday. Knysz now faces mandatory life in prison without parole.

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