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chagrin
06-08-2007, 03:06 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2007/LAW/06/08/winkler.sentence.ap/index.html

SELMER, Tennessee (AP) -- A Tennessee preacher's wife has been sentenced to three years in prison for voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of her husband.

But Mary Winkler will serve only 210 days behind bars.

Winkler pleaded for leniency, and to be reunited with her three daughters, at her sentencing hearing Friday.

"I ask for mercy and understanding, but I know whatever decision you reach today will be right," Mary Winkler told the judge, reading a statement from a yellow legal pad.

"I ask you to please let me go home today and be with my children."

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.

She testified during her trial that her husband hit and kicked her, forced her to look at pornography and demanded sex she considered unnatural. Jurors were shown a pair of tall, platform shoes and a black wig Winkler said she was pressured to wear during sex.

On Friday, however, Winkler testified, "I think of Matthew every day, and I'll always miss him and love him."

She turned to her husband's family and told them she was "so sorry this has happened." She said she understood they were angry with her and that she prayed every night for them to have peace.

Matthew Winkler, 31, was found fatally shot in the parsonage where the family lived in March 2006. A day later, his wife was arrested on the Alabama coast 340 miles away, driving the family minivan with her daughters inside.

Earlier in the hearing, Matthew Winkler's mother, Diane Winkler, testified that the couple's daughters, ages 9, 7 and 2, were having nightmares about people with guns breaking into their house.

"You've never told your girls you're sorry. Don't you think you at least owe them that?" she asked.

She also criticized the abuse claims by Mary Winkler, who is fighting with her husband's parents for custody of the children.

"The monster that you have painted for the world to see? I don't think that monster existed," Diane Winkler said.

Mary Winkler faces a maximum of six years in prison, but her lawyers have asked for diversion, which would keep her out of prison and eventually clear her record.

She would be eligible for parole after serving 30 percent of her term. With credit for five months already spent in jail while awaiting trial, she could be paroled in less than a year and a half.

Mary Winkler's sister, Tabitha Freeman, called her "the best example of a good person I can think of" and asked the judge to give her a chance to be reunited with her children.

"She just needs them. She's not complete without them," Freeman said.

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El Jefe
06-08-2007, 03:06 PM
Where are you Scott Free you have been called.

chagrin
06-08-2007, 03:07 PM
too mah things about this give me the creeps, too often these days, probably forever, killers post themselves as victims - talk in 3rd person, put the blame on victims and their families, this whole thing about her not apologizing to her kids, praying for the family to have peace instead of asking forgiveness.

Eh, whatever freak.

Garcia Bronco
06-08-2007, 03:10 PM
I weep for those children. Their mother is obvioulsy unfit.

StcChief
06-08-2007, 03:40 PM
rot in jail. Think about your issues a little more.

sorry for your kids

Bwana
06-08-2007, 03:49 PM
Yeah, that is low test, a slap on the wrist if you will. Perhaps Karma will come knocking and "Big Betty" will give her the shank when she gets in there.

HolmeZz
06-08-2007, 03:51 PM
Mega double standard. No guy gets that kind of penalty for offing his wife.

htismaqe
06-08-2007, 03:51 PM
So I take it you guys don't think this woman was abused?

My brother has a friend doing life because he shot his father when he was 16. And the abuse was WELL known...

Donger
06-08-2007, 03:57 PM
Well, was she ever abused? Does anyone have any evidence that she was, besides her?

Even if so, it's still murder. Did she HAVE to kill him?

Double standard.

memyselfI
06-08-2007, 04:15 PM
I think this is a very sad sentence. I was rather shocked the jury ruled the crime involutary manslaughter to begiin with. Now, she gets a very light sentence...very sad.

To my knowledge (and I haven't follwed the case very closely) she had no or very little previously documented history of abuse and/or severe mental illness. Thus, I don't understand the verdict or the sentence.

FAX
06-08-2007, 04:17 PM
After she's finished getting off scott free, I'd like to nominate Mr. Donger for a turn.

FAX

FAX
06-08-2007, 04:18 PM
Is the DC forum closed for repairs, or something?

FAX

88TG88
06-08-2007, 04:32 PM
After she's finished getting off scott free, I'd like to nominate Mr. Donger for a turn.

FAX
ROFL ROFL ROFL ROFL ROFL

|Zach|
06-08-2007, 04:34 PM
Is the DC forum closed for repairs, or something?

FAX
What is political about this?

Donger
06-08-2007, 04:38 PM
After she's finished getting off scott free, I'd like to nominate Mr. Donger for a turn.

FAX

Why?

FAX
06-08-2007, 04:39 PM
What is political about this?

Well, for starters Mr. |Zach|, House democrats have introduced a bill (HR-82569) making it legal to shoot a preacher in the back if you have lived with the guy for over 6 months.

But, actually I was referring to the appearance of Ms. memyselfI in so many main forum threads.

FAX

Bwana
06-08-2007, 04:39 PM
What is political about this?

I think he was talking about Taliban meme posting in the main forum.

Donger
06-08-2007, 04:40 PM
Well, for starters Mr. |Zach|, House democrats have introduced a bill (HR-82569) making it legal to shoot a preacher in the back if you have lived with the guy for over 6 months.

But, actually I was referring to the appearance of Ms. memyselfI in so many main forum threads.

FAX

Human suffering always brings the vulture out.

FAX
06-08-2007, 04:42 PM
Why?

I've declared June 8 to be Donger Day, Mr. Donger.

Happy Donger Day!!!

FAX

Donger
06-08-2007, 04:44 PM
I've declared June 8 to be Donger Day, Mr. Donger.

Happy Donger Day!!!

FAX

A shuttle launch and my own day, all in one day?

I feel like break dancing. Or is that brake dancing?