Traverse City Record-Eagle

Michigan

June 18, 2014

Mother of trooper's killer sentenced

LUDINGTON (AP) — The mother of a man convicted of killing a Michigan state trooper has received a prison sentence of 18 months to five years for helping him flee.

Fifty-year-old Tammi L. Spofford pleaded no-contest May 5 to being an accessory after the fact. The plea isn’t an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing.

Mason County Circuit Judge Richard I. Cooper sentenced her Tuesday in Ludington.

Authorities said the Irons resident helped her son Eric Knysz and his wife Sarah after the fatal shooting of state Trooper Paul Butterfield last year.

Eric Knysz was convicted of murder in February and hanged himself in April at a detention center in Jackson. Sarah Knysz is serving 2-5 years in prison for being an accessory after the fact.

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