Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue presents Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola with an Award for Professional Excellence at the Romney Building in Lansing on March 27, 2014.
Mason County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Spaniola was recently honored by Director of the Michigan State Police Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue for his committed efforts in the prosecution of Eric Knysz.
Knysz was convicted of killing MSP Tpr. Paul K. Butterfield II during a traffic stop in Mason County in the fall of 2013. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in Mason County Circuit Court on Tuesday.
Etue held a private ceremony with MSP personnel and law enforcement officials to commend and thank Spaniola for his dedication to the case. Spaniola’s wife, Pat, and father-in-law, Clem Sellers, of Owosso, were also in attendance.
“I am honored to recognize Prosecutor Paul Spaniola for his diligent efforts that led to the conviction of Eric Knysz in the first degree murder case of Tpr. Paul K. Butterfield II,” Etue said. “The MSP will forever be grateful for his dedication to upholding the law and for seeing that the individual responsible for killing a law enforcement officer was prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Spaniola recognized the jury, as well as the work of everyone who committed their time and efforts to the investigation over the past couple of months, especially MSP members D/Sgt. Scott Rios, D/Sgt. David Johnson, F/Lt. Kevin Leavitt and the entire MSP family.
“It was an honor for me to prosecute this case on behalf of Tpr. Paul K. Butterfield II, his family as well as for all law enforcement officers who protect us every day. I am also proud to stand up for their families who anxiously await their safe return from work each day,” Spaniola said.