Winkler Sentencing Postponed

Selmer, McNairy County (WVLT) - The sentencing phase of Mary Winkler's murder trial is being rescheduled due to a scheduling conflict.

Meanwhile Matthew Winkler's parents are asking the court to terminate Mary Winkler's parental rights, so they can adopt their children.

Mary Winkler was convicted earlier this month of voluntary manslaughter in the 2006 killing of her minister husband.

On Friday, we learned that Winkler may not even see the inside of a jail cell. WTVF, the CBS affiliate in Nashville, reports Mary Winkler's lawyers filed papers asking that she be given judicial diversion.

That would mean, she would serve her sentence on probation and if she's good, her record could be expunged.


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  • by Brenda Location: Nashville on May 1, 2007 at 06:53 AM
    It's a sad time for all Tennesseans when a woman can get away with shooting her husband in the back while he's sleeping. I'm hoping Mary Winkler gets the maximum jail time sentence.
  • by Devan Gage Location: South on Apr 30, 2007 at 11:16 PM
    I think this is just another injustice in a long miscarriage of justice in this entire pathetic female gender biased case. Mary Winkler is not some juvenile that has done a petty crime. What a slap in the face for these three children to eradicate the very existence of their father's life and death. To protect the very one that caused all the nightmares they have to endure is not only mind boggling it is downright depraved. I pray that none of these children will ever be made to lay down in a home with only this woman inside. Gone is the security and it has now been replaced with fear of her and uncertainty. What if they aren't perfect kids every minute of the day? How many children live with the killer of their parent? Mary Winkler certainly deserves no special treatment. The sentence is a farce anyway so she should do all the time alloted. Every bit of it.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 30, 2007 at 10:37 PM
    Well you sure don't sound born again, what with judging the Winkler men who you know nothing about. Don't forget, all the info that makes you think this, is coming from a proven liar. If you are really a Christian, you shouldn't be slamming men who you do not personally know one bad thing about. That is satan's work.
  • by Patricia Location: Newport, Tennessee on Apr 30, 2007 at 12:28 PM
    I agree with Mary's attorneys. In my opinion, Mary doesn't deserve to go to jail/prison. She was backed in a corner by her selfish husband - it was self-defense and self-preservation. I feel sorry for Mary's children, as Matthew was probably like his preacher Dad - self-righteous, and the children will probably grow up with their prideful and controlling grandfather! I'm sure Matthew and his dad hid each other's sins - hypocrites! My family and I have had experience with fake preachers, but I am truly born-again. Thanks for listening.

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