Knysz couple facing additional charges in Manistee County
Eric and Sarah Knysz, the couple accused of shooting and killing State Police trooper Paul Butterfield in Mason County, are now facing charges in Manistee County as well.
Eric Knysz was arraigned by video in Manistee County on Tuesday for charges of receiving and concealing firearms, carrying a concealed weapon, unlawful driving away of a motor vehicle, and assault with a dangerous weapon.
His wife, Sarah, was charged with one count of unlawful driving away of a motor vehicle.
Both will be back in court on October 7.
In Mason County, Eric Knysz faces charges of murder of a police officer, felony firearms, carrying a concealed weapon, auto theft and being a second time offender. His wife, Sarah, was charged with being an accessory after the fact and unlawful driving away of an automobile. Both are five year felonies.
Eric and Sarah waived their right to preliminary examinations within 14 days of their arraignment in Mason County, which postponed their hearings which were originally scheduled for Wednesday.
Sarah Knysz was held on a $250,000 bond while her husband, Eric, was held without bond in Mason County. It was also ordered that Eric Knysz may not have contact with his wife.
According to court records of the arrest warrant in Mason County's District Court, Eric Knysz and Sarah Knysz were driving on Custer Road north of Towline in Mason County when they were stopped by Trooper Paul Butterfield. During the traffic stop, Knysz allegedly shot Trooper Butterfield fatally and left the scene.
Officials say that about four minutes later, a passerby saw the trooper on the side of road and called 911 to report the officer had been shot in the head.
After leaving the scene in the car, court documents allege Sarah Knysz assisted in picking up another driver and leaving the area to go steal another car.
The car was reported stolen by its owner and was found at The Dublin Store in Manistee County. Eric and Sarah Knysz were taken into custody at that time.
During the arrest, State Police said there was an exchange of fire and Eric Knysz was shot. He recovered at Munson Medical Center before being arraigned.