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      Mother of accused trooper killer now facing charges herself

      Tammi Lynne Spofford, age 50, of Irons, Michigan was arraigned Tuesday before 79th District Court Magistrate Patricia Baker on a two count felony complaint.

      Mason County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Spaniola today filed charges against the mother of Eric Knysz, the man charged in the killing of Trooper Paul Butterfield on September 9, 2013 in Mason County.

      Tammi Lynne Spofford, age 50, of Irons, Michigan was arraigned Tuesday before 79th District Court Magistrate Patricia Baker on a two count felony complaint.

      Count 1-Accessory After the Fact to the Murder of Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield is a felony punishable by up to five years confinement and/or a $10,000 fine.

      Count 2- Unlawful Driving Away of an Automobile is a felony punishable by up to five years confinement.

      A preliminary examination is scheduled for Spofford on November 27, 2013 at 11:00 in the Mason County Courthouse in Ludington.

      A bond was set for her at $35,000 cash or surety and she is being held in the Mason County Jail pending the posting of that bond and the preliminary examination.

      The investigation is ongoing by the Michigan State Police both the Hart and Cadillac posts, the detectives from the Sixth and Seventh Districts of the State Police as well as the crime labs of the Sixth and Seventh Districts, Mason County Sheriff's Department, Lake County Sheriff's Department, Manistee County Sheriff's Department.