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      State House considers Trooper Butterfield highway tribute

      A stretch of highway along Lake Michigan near Ludington would be dedicated to fallen state police Trooper Paul Butterfield II under legislation advancing in the state House.

      A stretch of highway along Lake Michigan near Ludington would be dedicated to fallen state police Trooper Paul Butterfield II under legislation advancing in the state House.

      The bill recently approved by a House committee would put Butterfield's name on the stretch of M-116 between the Lincoln and Big Sable rivers. The highway segment is in Ludington State Park in Mason County's Hamlin Township.

      The 43-year-old Butterfield was shot during a traffic stop in September. Twenty-year-old Eric Knysz (NIZE) was convicted of first-degree murder last Tuesday.

      He's scheduled to be sentenced April 8. The crime carries a mandatory penalty of life in prison without possibility of parole.

      Butterfield was son of a state police officer, a high school cross country champion and a competitive runner at the University of Tennessee.