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First suspect arraigned in shooting of trooper
LUDINGTON, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - One of the suspects accused of the shooting death of Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield has been arraigned in court.
Trooper Butterfield of the Hart post in Mason County was shot Monday night during a traffic stop.
A driver passing by found him lying on the ground and called 911.
Later that night police tracked down the suspects' car at a gas station. In the minutes following there was a shootout involving two suspects. One suspect was wounded. Both were taken into custody.
Trooper Butterfield later died at the hospital.
The suspects have been identified by family as a young married couple, Eric and Sarah Knysz.
Sarah is six-months pregnant. She was in court Wednesday to be arraigned. Her husband Eric will not be arraigned until Thursday.
20-year-old Sarah was arraigned on two felony charges. They are She faces a maximum sentence of five years for each of them, plus fines. More charges could also be coming out of the Manistee area for both of the suspects.
19-year-old Eric, the man police believe shot Trooper Butterfeild after he was pulled over, is facing four charges including homicide of a police officer, two weapons charges and also unlawful driving away. He faces life without parole if convicted on the homicide charge.
The Mason County Prosecuting Attorney also noted that Eric has been given a notice of habitual offender-second felony offense, which "would elevate the maximum penalties to one and one-half times the maximum otherwise set forth by statute."
He will not be arraigned until sometime Thursday because he is still recovering from injuries following a gas station shootout with police that lead to his arrest earlier this week.
Meantime, funeral arrangements are expected to be finalized Wednesday for Trooper Butterfield, with a service tentatively planned for Saturday afternoon.