Knysz declared brain dead after suicide attempt

Knysz declared brain dead after suicide attempt

  JACKSON COUNTY — Just days after being transferred to a Michigan Department of Corrections intake facility, Eric Knysz has been declared brain dead after an attempt to take his own life on Monday. According to reports from several TV news stations, Knysz was declared brain dead late Tuesday and his organs could be donated. Knysz was in critical condition in a Jackson hospital after a suicide attempt on Monday afternoon. Sources told WOOD TV that Knysz attempted to hang himself around 3:30 p.m. or 4 p.m. Monday. Knysz, 20, of Irons, was sentenced last week in Mason County’s 51st Circuit Court to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole for shooting Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield in the head during a traffic stop on Sept. 9, 2013, on Custer Road. On Thursday, he was transferred from the Mason County Jail to the Charles Egeler Reception and Guidance Center in Jackson County, said Kim Cole, Mason County Sheriff. Cole said he learned of the suicide attempt late Monday afternoon. The Charles Egeler Reception and Guidance Center (RGC) serves as a quarantine facility responsible for intake processing of all male offenders who are adjudicated adults sentenced to a term of incarceration with the MDOC, according to MDOC’s website. Prisoners receive a variety of psychological, medical, educational and security classification evaluations upon arrival at the facility. Knysz was under suicide watch while he was being held at the Mason County Jail, according to WOOD TV sources, but he never displayed any suicidal behavior. It is not clear if he was under suicide watch while in MDOC’s custody.