Mary Winkler Could Be Free by Tuesday

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Selmer (AP) A West Tennessee woman convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of her preacher husband is expected to be released from custody this week.

Attorney Steve Farese Senior said he expects his client, Mary Winkler, formerly of Knoxville, to be freed either tomorrow or Wednesday from the mental health facility where she has been in treatment for about two months.

The 33-year-old Winkler was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the 2006 fatal shooting of her husband, Matthew, at the Selmer parsonage where the couple lived.

She was given a three-year sentence on June 8th, but she was required to serve only 67 days in custody because of credit for time in jail before her trial, the nature of the offense and no previous criminal record.

McNairy County Circuit Court Judge Weber McCraw ruled that up to 60 of those 67 days could be served while confined for mental health treatment.

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