Man who killed trooper tried suicide

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

JACKSON, Mich. Authorities say a man who was sentenced to life in prison last week for the slaying of a Michigan state trooper tried to kill himself.

MLive.com reports that Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan said in an email that Eric Knysz tried to hang himself with a bed sheet Monday afternoon. Knysz was being held at a detention center in Jackson and Marlan says he was taken to a local hospital.

State Police Lt. Chris McIntire says Knyze was on a ventilator.

Knysz was convicted of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Trooper Paul Butterfield II in Mason County. He was sentenced last Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.


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