I guess I must have missed this earlier.
SELMER, Tenn. — A preacher’s wife who claimed her husband abused her was convicted of voluntary manslaughter Thursday for killing him with a shotgun she said fired accidentally as she aimed at him.
Mary Winkler showed no emotion as the verdict was read.
Prosecutors had sought a first-degree murder conviction, but the jury settled on the lesser charge after deliberating for eight hours. She faces three to six years in prison but would be eligible for parole after serving about a third of the sentence.
If Winkler, 33, had been convicted of first- or second-degree murder, she would have gone to prison for at least 12 years and maybe for the rest of her life. Her lawyers said Mary Winkler’s testimony was decisive.
I’m sorry her kids had to go through all this heartache. I find it odd that she could have gotten as little as 12 years for a first or second degree murder conviction.
However, I’m glad it’s over. I have to drive through Selmer frequently on my travels.