LUDINGTON, Mich. (WOOD) - One of the two suspects charged in connection to the death of a Michigan State Police trooper was arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Mason County District Court in Ludington.
Sarah Knysz was arraigned on charges of accessory after the fact (felony) and motor vehicle-unlawful driving away. The judge set her bond at $250,000.
Police said Trooper Paul Butterfield pulled over the Knyszes in a traffic stop Monday night in Sherman Township. That’s when Butterfield was shot in the head, allegedly by Sarah's husband Eric Knysz. He later died from his injuries during surgery.
The two suspects drove off from the scene and were arrested following a gunfight with police at the Dublin General Store gas station in Wellston in Manistee County several hours later.
Appearing in court Wednesday via video, Sarah Knysz was emotional. Six months pregnant, she kept one hand on her abdomen. She has a clean criminal record and therefore had questions for the judge, who explained to her bond payment.
Eric Knysz is still in the hospital recovering from a gunshot wound to a knee at the time of his arrest. He is still awaiting arraignment, and has been charged with the following:
- Count 1 -- homicide-murder of peace/corrections officer
- Count 2 -- weapons-felony firearm
- Count 3 -- weapons-carrying concealed
- Count 4 -- motor vehicle-unlawful driving away
- Habitual offender second offense notice
Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola knew Butterfield professionally and his effort to honor the trooper's life will happen in the courtroom.
"I intend to honor Paul Butterfield and do justice for Paul Butterfield," Spaniola said.
Both Eric and Sarah Knysz could also face additional charges for the events that occurred in Manistee County, leading up to their arrests.
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