Sarah Knysz to stand trial for helping after MSP trooper killed

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Sarah Knysz - arraignment 9/11/13

MANISTEE, Mich. (WZZM) - The wife of the man accused of murdering a Michigan State trooper will go to trial.

Sara Knysz is charged for her alleged role in stealing a car after the murder of Michigan State Police trooper Paul Butterfield.

In a Manistee court today, the man who owned the vehicle the Knysz's are accused of stealing said Eric Knysz was alone when he got in the car and drove away without paying for it. However, a detective testified Sara was waiting around the corner while her husband stole the car and she removed the battery from her cell phone so police could not locate them.

The detective also said Sara knew her husband did not have enough money to buy the car, erased information from the cell phone and hid the phone's memory card.

Eric's father says he's disappointed the judge didn't take into account Sara was likely scared into doing what Eric wanted that day.

"I do not think she should be found guilty," Jack Knysz told WZZM 13's Jon Mills at court today. "If your husband says, 'come on, let's go.' What are you going to do? Your are married one year. You are pregnant. So I wish it would have turned out differently.">

If convicted, Sarah Knysz could spend up to five years in prison.
She also faces similar charges in Mason County.

Her husband will go to trial for the trooper's murder in February.

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