Sarah Knysz, wife of accused trooper killer, sentencing moved up

December 5, 2013
Sarah Knysz

Sarah Knysz

LUDINGTON — The sentencing of a 20-year-old Irons woman, who pleaded guilty to being part of the murder of a Michigan State Police trooper, has been moved up a week. Sarah Knysz will be sentenced on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 2:30 p.m. She was originally scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 17; she is currently near-term of a pregnancy.

On Nov. 5, Sarah Knysz pleaded guilty in Mason County’s 51st Circuit Court to accessory to murder of a police officer after the fact and also to unlawfully driving away a motor vehicle. At that time Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola offered her a chance to plea guilty, unconditionally, to the two charges. She faces up to five years in prison on the counts, that would run concurrent. Spaniola said the Manistee County prosecutor’s office is likely to drop the charges of unlawfully driving away a vehicle against her in that county.

During her Nov. 5 testimony, Sarah Knysz told the court how her husband, Eric Knysz, 19, killed Trooper Paul Butterfield during a routine traffic stop on North Custer Road in Free Soil Township on Sept. 9. See related story.  Spaniola said through the unconditional plea, Sarah Knysz will be expected to testify against her husband during his trial, scheduled to begin Feb. 18, 2014.

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