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      Mason County Prosecutor honored for work in Knysz trial

      Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola in court for the sentencing of Eric Knysz.

      Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola was honored by the Michigan State Police for his work in the Eric Knysz trial

      MSP Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue held a private ceremony Tuesday after the sentencing to thank Spaniola for his dedication to the case.

      "The Michigan State Police will forever be grateful for his dedication to upholding the law and for seeing that the individual responsible for killing a law enforcement officer was prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," Etue said.

      Spaniola recognized the work of the jury as well as the Michigan State Police officers who helped with the investigation.

      "It was an honor for me to prosecute this case on behalf of Tpr. Paul K. Butterfield II, his family as well as for law enforcement officers who protect us every day," said Spaniola. "I am also proud to stand up for their families who anxiously away their safe return from work each day."

      Eric Knysz was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Tuesday in the first-degree murder of Trooper Butterfield.