Sarah Knysz pleads not guilty in Manistee court
Sarah Knysz pleaded not guilty to her only charge in Manistee County Monday afternoon.
The pregnant wife of accused trooper shooter, Eric Knysz, sat silent in Manistee County Court where her not guilty plea to unlawfully driving away of a motor vehicle was entered for her.
In Mason County Circuit Court on November 5, Knysz took the stand and testified that she witnessed the shooting of Trooper Paul Butterfield. She also said that her husband, Eric, had threatened to kill her in the past.
She pleaded guilty to the charges of accessory after the fact to the murder and unlawful driving away of an automobile in Mason County. As a result, the charges in Manistee County will be dropped.
Tammi Spofford, Kynsz's mother-in-law, was arrested in Mason County on charges of unlawful driving away of a vehicle and being an accessory after a felony in connection with the shooting.
Knysz and her husband, Eric, were driving on Custer Road north of Towline in Mason County when they were stopped by Trooper Butterfield. During the traffic stop, Eric allegedly shot Trooper Butterfield fatally and left the scene.
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.