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      Official: Man who killed trooper tried suicide

      <font size="2">Eric Knysz tried to hang himself with a bed sheet Monday afternoon.</font>

      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.

      Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan said in an email that Eric Knysz (NIZE) 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 Knysz 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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