Butterfield’s father tells WNEM ‘it’s not better’

MSP Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue hugs Trooper Butterfield's father. (Sept. 14, 2013)

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. (WNEM/WOOD) — A murdered Michigan State Police trooper’s family told a Saginaw TV station that his killer’s conviction does not assuage their grief.

Trooper Paul Butterfield II was shot in the head during a traffic stop in rural Mason County on Sept. 9, 2013. The 43-year-old died later that night during emergency surgery. Tuesday, 20-year-old Eric Knysz was convicted of Butterfield’s murder after a week-long trial.

“In the sense of what justice is in the court system, I guess it has been served,” father Paul Butterfield Sr. told WNEM out of Saginaw during an interview at his Frankenmuth home, his wife by his side. “But we’ll always miss Paul.”

Knysz was convicted of first-degree murder, among other charges, which means he will be sentenced in April to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

For the Butterfields, it’s a hollow victory.

“I’d like to say it’s better, but it’s not. I miss him (Paul) so much,”  Butterfield Sr. told WNEM. “We’ve lost our son. How can you ever replace that? You can’t.”

Butterfield Sr. was also an MSP trooper on the east side of the state before his retirement.



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