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    Default Preacher's wife gets three years for shooting the preacher to death

    A woman convicted of killing her preacher husband with a shotgun blast to the back as he lay in bed faced up to six years in prison at her sentencing on Friday.

    Mary 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.

    Her lawyers were expected to seek a sentence of probation, but prosecutors were expected to ask Judge Weber McCraw to give Winkler jail time.

    Winkler would be eligible for parole after serving 30 percent of her term and get credit for five months already spent in jail while awaiting trial.

    Winkler and her defense team arrived about 45 minutes early for her sentencing hearing Friday morning, but she did not talk to reporters.

    "She's been instructed not to say anything," attorney Steve Farese said.

    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.

    Church members found Matthew Winkler's body and reported his wife and children missing. They were located the following day in Orange Beach, Ala.

    Winkler is fighting with her husband's parents for custody of the children, ages 9, 7 and 2.

    Ministers Wife Learns Fate for Slaying
    Didn't quite know how to phrase the title so sorry if it's wrong. Anyway, I'm glad she didn't get much time. It seemed like something was very wrong there.
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    Sounds like he deserved it to me.
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    Absolutely.
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    I haven't followed the entire case, but while I'm a believer in the battered wife syndrome defense, I just don't buy it in her case. But, I'm not on the jury, so...
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    She said he was forcing her to do weird sexual things, etc. I don't know, it seems a bit odd that the preachers wife would shoot him for any other reason than he had pushed her too far. She's quite the mouse, or at least appears to be. She doesn't strike me as the black widow type.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greysfang View Post
    I haven't followed the entire case, but while I'm a believer in the battered wife syndrome defense, I just don't buy it in her case. But, I'm not on the jury, so...
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    Yeah! But greysfang is a good egg and will come over to our side soon.
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    Wigs and shoes during sex is unnatural? Someone notify Liza Minelli
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    ^^^hahahahahahahahaha...that is bloody funny as hell. Grimm, you don't know how famous I've made you!
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    wow she got away with murder pretty much!

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    Of course the thing she should have done is packed her shit, took the kids and left.
    You have to remember, this is a very timid, quiet woman. While some of us (myself included) wouldn't find looking at porno, anal sex and dressing up degrading or wrong, but this woman was taught that those things weren't "natural". Whether "we" agree with those teachings or not-that's what she believed...
    I honestly think that he abused her not only physically, but mentally, but she should have done something to get out rather than shooting him in his back while he was asleep.
    This was a pretty local case (Tennessee) and we got the pleasure of having our soaps preempted for the case, so I did watch some of it. I think what the prosecution was trying to say she had gotten caught up in some check kiting(sp) scheme and had pretty much fucked their finances up, and she had until X date to pay the bank back or it would go to the collection agency. The prosecutions said that she was afraid that she would ruin his credit and suffer his wrath, so she chose to shoot him.
    Funny thing is, a lot of the people they went to church with supported her. If I am not mistaken, some of them paid for her defense....
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    Quote Originally Posted by buttmunch View Post
    ^^^hahahahahahahahaha...that is bloody funny as hell. Grimm, you don't know how famous I've made you!
    Wtf are you talking about? lol
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    A woman who killed her preacher husband with a shotgun blast to the back as he lay in bed was sentenced Friday to three years in prison, but with time served could be released on probation in a little more than two months.

    Mary Winkler must serve at least 210 days of her sentence but gets credit for the 143 days she has already spent in jail, Judge Weber McCraw said.

    That leaves 67 days, and McCraw said up to 60 days of the sentence could be served in a facility where she could receive mental health treatment. That means Winkler might spend only another week in jail.

    Prosecutors had pursued a murder charge against Winkler, 33, but jurors convicted her of the lesser count of voluntary manslaughter in April.

    "Of course it's a victory," her attorney Steve Farese said. "She could be in prison for life, and that's what everybody thought she was headed for to begin with."

    She could have received up to six years for killing her husband, Matthew, in the parsonage where the family lived in March 2006. A day later she was arrested 340 miles away on the Alabama coast, driving the family minivan with her three young daughters inside.

    Matthew Winkler's family left the courtroom without commenting, and there was no immediate comment from the prosecution.

    Mary Winkler was taken into custody after the sentence was read. Her attorneys said they will talk to her about whether she wants to appeal or seek a new trial, but one of them, Steve Farese, said, "This is probably the end of a long saga."

    At her trial Winkler testified she was physically and emotionally abused by her husband, but at her sentencing hearing Friday she said, "I think of Matthew every day, and I'll always miss him and love him."

    She pleaded to the judge for leniency, and asked to be reunited with her daughters, now with Matthew Winkler's parents. The judge denied Winkler's request for full probation or judicial diversion, which would have eventually cleared her record of the conviction.

    Prosecutors sought the maximum sentence for the death of Matthew Winkler, 31, a popular preacher at the Fourth Street Church of Christ in the small west Tennessee town of Selmer. Prosecutor Walt Freeland described him as a good father and a man who trusted his wife.

    Freeland said that just before the fatal shooting bank managers were closing in on a check-kiting scheme that Mary Winkler wanted to conceal from her husband. Prosecutors claimed she had become caught up in a swindle known as the "Nigerian scam," which promises riches to victims who send money to cover the processing expenses.

    Winkler, however, 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.

    Matthew Winkler's family said at the sentencing hearing that Mary Winkler's allegations amounted to a second attack on him.

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

    When Mary Winkler took the stand, 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.

    Diane Winkler, testified that the girls, 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.

    Mary Winkler is in a legal fight with her husband's parents over custody of her daughters.

    "She'll be able to get out and fight the battle she wants to, and that is to get her children back," her attorney Leslie Ballin said.

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

    "She just needs them. She's not complete without them," Freeman said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buttmunch View Post
    Didn't you know? I tell everyone Grimm witicisms and you are famous in my neck of the woods. In fact, if I'm at the computer laughing, some ask 'what did he say this time'. But don't get smoke blown up your ass...it's not always you who makes me laugh. Kiss.
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