Bill creates Butterfield Memorial Highway, others named

LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) – Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a bill naming a stretch of road along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Mason after murdered Michigan State Trooper Paul Butterfield.

The bill has named M-116 between the Lincoln and Big Sable rivers the “Trooper Paul K. Butterfield, II Memorial Highway.”

Butterfield was shot and killed by Eric Knysz on the evening of Sept. 9, 2013, in the rural Mason County during what started as a routine traffic stop. Knysz was convicted of the murder back in February and later killed himself while in the Mason County Jail in April.

Gov. Snyder has also signed a bill naming a portion of M-57 in Montalcm County as the “Joseph Prentler Highway” and a portion of I-94 in Van Buren County as the “Trooper Rick L. Johnson Memorial Freeway.”

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