Man Sentenced to Life In Prison for Killing Trooper

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Eric Knysz, 20, has been sentenced to life in prison for the fatal shooting of a Michigan State Trooper.

Knysz shot Trooper Paul Butterfield during a traffic strop in Mason County on September 9, 2013. A jury found Knysz guilty of first degree murder of a peace officer on Feb 25.

The murder conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

According to WOOD TV, Knysz spoke in court for the first time today during his sentencing. He turned to Butterfield's family and friends to apologize. In a brief statement he said he was sorry for the pain he caused.

Knysz's wife Sarah, 20, was in the car the night of the shooting. She is already serving a sentence of between two and five years for accessory after the fact to a felony.

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