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Eric Knysz: GUILTY

Eric Knysz is guilty in the murder of Michigan State Trooper Paul Butterfield. A jury found 20-year-old Knysz guilty of first-degree murder of a peace officer, felony firearms, carrying a concealed weapon and unlawfully driving away a motor vehicle. Witness testimonies concluded yesterday and Knysz chose not to take the stand. The jury deliberated for about two hours before reaching a verdict. Knysz will be sentenced April 8th. He faces life in prison.

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Verdict Returned in Eric Knysz Trial

The jury has found the defendant, Eric Knysz guilty on all accounts.  The following are the charges for which he will be sentenced:

First degree murder of a peace officer in performance of his duties

Possession of a firearm

Carrying a concealed pistol without a license

Unlawfully driving away a motor vehicle

The jury deliberated today for a short period of time before returning the verdict. 

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