Wife of trooper shooter sentenced to prison
Tue, 10 Dec 2013 22:28:16 GMT —
Sarah Knysz was sentenced to 2-5 years in prison for her part in the murder of State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield.
Knysz, who was visibly pregnant with the couple's son, was sentenced to 2-5 years for accessory after the fact and 11 months for unlawfully driving away of an automobile. Those sentences will be served concurrently.
Several State Police Troopers were in court as Knysz described the alleged physical and mental abuse she suffered by her husband, Eric.
Also speaking in court were the victim's fiancÃ©, Jennifer Sileski, and father, Paul.
Before speaking, Butterfield handed Knysz a photo of his son and asked her to look at it, as she burst into tears.
Both Sileski and Butterfield spoke of the Trooper's kindness and energy.
"He provided an energy that I couldn't help but be inspired by," said Sileski.
The attorney for Knysz spoke to reinforce his defense that Sarah had been abused and was not the one to pull the trigger.
"No matter what sentence is posed; she and her unborn son are victims as well," he said. "They will suffer the rest of their lives on the evil act of a husband and father."
While the judge acknowledged that Knysz may have been controlled by her husband, he also acknowledged her personal decisions and responsibility.
"Her reason for doing so is characteristic of having a controlling spouse, but it's not the kind of thing that the law can say is water over the dam," the judge said.