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Man convicted in trooper's death will spend rest of life in prison

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Trooper Paul Butterfield Trooper Paul Butterfield
LUDINGTON, MI (AP) -

The man convicting of killing a Michigan State trooper will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Eric Knysz, 20, was sentenced in Mason County court Tuesday after being found guilty of killing trooper Paul Butterfield, a Bridgeport native.

Prosecutors said Knysz had stolen guns with him when Butterfield pulled over his pickup truck in the west-central Michigan county. Defense attorney David Glancy argued during trial that the only witness who could place Knysz in the pickup that day was his wife, Sarah, who testified against him.

She received a sentence of two to five years in prison as an accessory after the fact.  

The shooting happened near Ludington, in Mason County. Investigators say Butterfield stopped a vehicle and then was shot in the head.

He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City during emergency surgery.

Two hours later, police found the two suspects at a gas station in the town of Wellston. When police approached them, Eric Knysz pointed a gun at the officers.

Police shot Eric Knysz, who was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Eric Knysz faces a homicide charge, murder of a police officer and other felonies. His trial is set to begin Feb. 18 in Mason County Circuit Court.

Butterfield is 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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