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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