Woman Charged in MSP Trooper's Death

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One of the people arrested after a Michigan State Police trooper was shot during a traffic stop Monday night has been charged.

20-year-old Sarah Renee Knysz was arraigned on two felonies Wednesday, including Accessory after the Fact and Unlawful Driving Away of a Vehicle. Both charges carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison. The Magistrate set bond at $250,000 and scheduled a preliminary examination for September 25 at the Mason County Courthouse in Ludington.

Sarah's husband, Eric Knysz, is still in the hospital recovering from a gunshot wound he got during a shootout with police before he was taken into custody Monday night. He will be arraigned when he is released from the hospital.

Prosecutors have authorized several charges against the 19-year-old, including Murder of a Peace Officer, a felony punishable by life in prison without parole. Knysz is also facing weapons charges and Unlawful Driving Away of a Vehicle. He has also been given a Notice of Habitual Offender - second felony offense which would elevate the maximum penalties to one and one-half times the maximum otherwise set forth by statute.

Prosecutors in Manistee County and Lake County are also looking into possible charges against the couple for crimes committed before they were arrested Monday night.

Sarah is pregnant and due in November. The couple got married in February 2012. Investigators have yet to release a motive for the shooting. Stay with News 10 and wilx.com as we continue to follow this developing story.


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