Mother of police killer released from prison.

April 9, 2017


Mother of police killer released from prison. 

By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief.

Tammi Lynne Spofford, the mother of police killer Eric Knysz, was released last week from prison. On September 9, 2013, Knysz murdered Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield on North Custer Road in Free Soil Township by shooting the trooper in the head. Knysz and his wife, Sarah Renee Knysz, then left Butterfield on the side of the road and fled the scene, eventually stopping at his mother’s Lake County home. Spofford then assisted the Knysz’s in their escape.

On June 17, 2014, Spofford was sentenced 18 months to five years in Mason County’s 51st Circuit Court on the felony charge of accessory after the fact to a felony. Spofford was released from prison on April 6 and is scheduled to be on supervised probation until July 6, 2018 in Lake County.



Sarah Knysz was sentenced on Dec. 10, 2013 in 51st Circuit Court for unlawfully driving away an automobile and accessory after the fact to a felony. She received 11 months in prison for the first county and two to five years for the second count, concurrent. She has been out of prison since Sept. 15, 2015 and is expected to be released from probation on Sept. 15 of this year; she is residing in Tuscola County.

Eric Knysz was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Trooper Butterfield. On April 14, 2014 he committed suicide in prison.

Story copyrighted ©2017 by Media Group 31, LLC, PO Box 21, Scottville, MI 49454. No portion may be reproduced in any form without expressed written consent. Photographs from Michigan Department of Corrections. 

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