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Posted: Wednesday, 26 February 2014 2:20PM

Lawmakers Seek To Name Northern Michigan Highway For Slain State Trooper

Eric Knysz is headed to prison for the rest of his life for killing State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield, and a movement is underway in Lansing to name a highway in northern Michigan for the fallen officer. Knysz was convicted Tuesday after just 90 minutes of jury deliberations in Mason County. State Representative Wayne Schmidt of Traverse City is supporting the legislation before the state House to honor Butterfield.


Knysz will be sentenced April 8. His wife, Sarah, is serving two to five years in prison after pleading guilty to being an accessory after the fact and she testified against him this week. House Bill 5257 would rename M-116 in Mason County as the "Trooper Paul K. Butterfield II Memorial Highway." In was introduced in late January and started to move through the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hours before Knysz was convicted. Also listed as co-sponsors of the bill from Southwest Michigan are Representatives Bob Genestki of Saugatuck and Matt Lori of Constantine.


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