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April 8, 2014

Man gets life behind bars in trooper's death

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — A 20-year-old man convicted of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a Michigan state trooper during a traffic stop has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Eric Knysz (NIZE) received the mandatory penalty under Michigan law today in Mason County Circuit Court in Ludington. A jury found him guilty in the September slaying of 43-year-old Trooper Paul Butterfield II.

Prosecutors say Knysz had stolen guns with him when Butterfield pulled over his pickup truck in western Michigan.

Before getting the sentence, Knysz made a brief apology to Butterfield's family and said he's had drug, alcohol and anger-management problems.

His wife Sarah received a sentence of two to five years in prison as an accessory after the fact and testified against him.

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