LUDINGTON (WTVB) - For the first time the West Michigan man responsible for killing a state trooper has spoken publicly, just before he was given life without parole late yesterday afternoon in Mason County. 20-year-old Eric Knysz told detectives he shot Trooper Paul Butterfield last September because he didn’t want to go back to prison. That’s exactly where he is headed and his victim’s fiancé and father think he is getting what he deserves. Jennifer Sielski told the court that every day, she is overcome with a feeling of panic that rushes through her body as her wedding dress hangs next to Paul’s state trooper uniform, neither one to be ever worn again. Jennifer’s dad said he hopes Knysz thinks every day about what he did, calling it one selfless act of cowardice. As for Knysz, he apologized, saying he was sorry and never meant for any of it to happen and if he could do anything to change it, he would have Butterfield shoot him instead. His wife is already serving time for being an accessory after the fact. His mother goes on trial for allegedly aiding in their theft of a getaway car.
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