Trooper-death suspect wife sentenced as accessory

The pregnant wife of a man charged with fatally shooting a state trooper during a traffic stop has been sentenced to 2-5 years in prison for helping him escape.
AP Wire
Dec 11, 2013


Mason County Circuit Judge Richard I. Cooper in Ludington on Tuesday sentenced Sarah Knysz, 20, for being an accessory after the fact and auto theft.

Her husband, Eric Knysz, faces trial starting Feb. 18, 2014, on a first-degree murder charge in the death of Trooper Paul Butterfield.

Butterfield was killed during a traffic stop Sept. 9 in Mason County's Sherman Township.

Sarah Knysz pleaded guilty Nov. 5 and agreed to testify against her husband. She told the judge Tuesday that she was afraid of her husband, and helped him to keep herself and her baby safe.



Not sufficient.


What would be sufficient? What do we really know about this young girl's life with a man who is capable of killing another human being? She very well may have saved her own life and the life of her unborn child. Does it make her actions right? I'm glad that I'm not her judge. Only God


You go into court and tell the person sitting on the bench that they aren't the judge, God is! We are talking about two completely different set of judgments here and I know that you are aware of this fact.

I'm glad you aren't the judge too, you would probably be in favor of no charge, no penalty, and consider her time spent with her husband as time served. I personally don't give a rat's furry butt about this person who assisted her husband before, during, and after, Trooper Butterfield was MURDERED! In my opinion, the penalty for this, well person if you must, needs to be enhanced four fold at the least. The fact that she appears to be uneducated, been used and abused, is not a defense. Staying with a man like that under any circumstances is, well...but helping him in the commission of this crime spree is unconscionable.

I personally am not interested in someone of such minimal moral character walking among us. I have a lot full of mature trees that can easily handle the weight of this guy, his wife, and his mother, hell I’ll even supply the horses and rope. Realistically we can't hang them, but we can lock them up for forever and a day; 2-5 just isn't getting it done in my opinion.


Yup, I'd have to agree. There are people in prison for 10 years for a pot offense and then this type of crap. The justice system is a joke. I know you don't like to hear that, but it is.....there don't seem to be any standards that make sense most of the time.


Well said. Our court system is mind boggling when it comes to sentencing.


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