Mary Winkler Sentenced to Jail

Selmer, Tennessee (WVLT) Knoxville native Mary Winkler will go to jail in connection with the killing of her minister husband.

A judge sentenced Winkler to three years of split confinement in connection with the shotgun slaying of her husband in March of 2006.

Of that, she’s been ordered to serve 210 days in jail.

Up to 60 days can be served in a mental health care facility.

The judge ruled she will get credit for time served, and Winkler will begin serving her sentence immediately.

She was taken into custody at the conclusion of the hearing.

The judge denied Winkler's defense attorney's request that she be granted judicial diversion on her conviction of voluntary manslaughter

Attorney Leslie Ballin told the judge during testimony today that, "If (Mary's) not divertable, who is?"

Mary Winkler also made a short statement during today's sentencing.

She addressed her husband's family, saying "I understand you're angry with me," but said she prays for them every night to have peace.

She also said she thinks of her dead husband every day said she will always love and miss him.

She asked the judge to let her go home today and be with her children, but also said whatever sentence she receives will never punish her enough.

Winkler, 33, went on trial for first-degree murder in April, but a jury found her guilty of the lesser crime of manslaughter after she testified she was physically and emotionally abused by her husband, Matthew Winkler.

(The Associated Press contributed information to this story. All rights reserved.)


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  • by maria Location: texas on Nov 29, 2008 at 08:34 PM
    i wanna know if my cuz is there is name is martin Alejandro montes reyers? plz write back at this email lifesavers123@yahoo.com as soon as u can.
  • by David Location: washington dc on Mar 7, 2008 at 02:31 PM
    There was a great write-up on Google Answers on how to research a jail sentence...when the sentincing took place, how long a criminal is sentenced for, where they are in the prison system, and so on. It's a terrific resource for anyone interested in that sort of information. You can find it at: How was a criminal case settled and sentenced? http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=357523 Worth a look! .
  • by John Location: New York on Sep 22, 2007 at 01:15 PM
    Think about what would happen if a man shot his wife in the back while he was sleeping because he 'snappped' under the pressure of his job. There would be NO WAY that he would get sentenced to only 210 days in jail. NO WAY. He would be sentenced to life in jail and never get to see his family again. I hope this woman goes to jail for the rest of her life for the evil crime she has commited. And please don't post those disgusting comments. I'm 12, not retarded.
  • by claytone Location: toronto ontario on Aug 1, 2007 at 02:50 AM
    and anonymous, how do you know not one man would give her help? did she even try? im sure they all would have done their best, but no she shoots him in the back. screw this woman, I hope she gets killed in prison. but then again she won't because she'll be surrounded by stupid feminists
  • by clayton Location: toronto ontario on Aug 1, 2007 at 02:48 AM
    she shot him in the back with a shotgun while he slept... that is horrible, despicable, evil. this woman deserves life just like anyone else who ever did this. if a shrimpy, wuss of a man did this to his big strong tough wife for the same reasons, he wouldn't get any breaks. he would go away for life, just like this scum should. she should never be allowed near her children again. I hope somebody takes vigilante justice into their own hands when she gets out of prison and paints the pavement with this pigs brains.
  • by Adam Location: Dallas, Tx on Jun 22, 2007 at 10:40 PM
    I am not sure which is sicker, this distgusting sentence or the fact that people responding this article seem to be okay with allowing Ms. Winkler to raise her children!!
  • by Cassie Location: Victoria, TX on Jun 18, 2007 at 04:09 PM
    It is so incredibly easy to judge when you have never been there. No murder is not right, but neither is spousal/verbal/physical abuse. To say there was no proof, can you not understand that she was trying to keep everything balanced inside her family without airing her dirty linen so to speak? At some point, the pressure became great and she snapped. I for one hope she serves her time and is able to raise her children. She deserves a chance for peace; something her ex-husband would never have allowed. I'm sorry he is dead, but very glad that a 12-person jury and judge did not punish her more. I am not saying she was correct. I am saying she lived with more hell than anyone will admit. She deserves freedom and help; not condemnation.
  • by Brian Location: Oregon on Jun 13, 2007 at 09:07 AM
    West-great logic! Questioning = acceptance. Let's blame those pesky men again. Heck if they and their sons would just go away.........
  • by jack Location: Washington on Jun 12, 2007 at 05:08 PM
    It's easy to see the histrionics of the winkler apologists. Just witness the fine example of logic demonstrated by anonymous from the West. People (Oh make that those awful men) question the fact there was no evidence of abuse. This leads this persons logical mind to actually link that to the acceptance of abuse. What! Great thinking. How you linked these disparate ideas is beyond me.
  • by Anonymous Location: West on Jun 11, 2007 at 12:49 AM
    It is easy to determine that men believe abuse is acceptable. Each one writing in this forum do not believe her--that's is exactly why she killed him. Where could she turn--it would have to be to another male(I won't say "man") whether, policeman, elder, sheriff, etc. You get it she would have to "tell" a M A L !!!! Not one of them would have given her help or escape. So, the fact that she killed him is proof of the kind of person he was!!
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