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Mother of trooper murderer pleads

Mother of trooper murderer pleads

By Rob Alway. Editor-in-Chief.  LUDINGTON — The mother of the man who killed Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield entered a plea in 51st Circuit Court this afternoon. Tammi Spofford, the mother of Eric John Knysz, pleaded no contest to accessory after the fact. Spofford, …

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‘He gave Paul a death sentence’

‘He gave Paul a death sentence’

The following is the victim impact statement read by Jennifer Sielski, fiance of Trooper Paul Butterfield. Sielski read the letter today during the sentencing of Eric John Knysz in 51st Circuit Court.  Your honor, I know that nothing can bring Paul back into this world…

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Trooper killer receives life in prison

Trooper killer receives life in prison

By Rob Alway. Editor-in-Chief.  LUDINGTON — Eric John Knysz, the 20-year-old Irons resident who murdered Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield, will spend the rest of his life in prison. He was sentenced today in 51st Circuit Court to life in prison without parole. For…

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