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Spofford Sentenced for Role in Trooper Butterfield Shooting

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The mother of the man convicted of killing Michigan State Trooper Paul Butterfield is headed to prison.

Police say Tammi Spofford helped her son Eric Knysz and his wife Sarah after the shooting of trooper Butterfield in Mason County, last September.

On Tuesday a judge sentenced her to 18 months to five years in prison. That's actually higher than the prosecutor's recommendation.

Spofford pleaded no contest to being an accessory after the fact last month.

That means she does not admit guilt, but accepts the punishment.

Eric was found guilty in February. Two months later, he committed suicide at a detention center in Jackson.

His wife Sarah is serving two to five years in prison for helping Eric after the murder.