Tenn. preacher's wife convicted of voluntary manslaughter

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A preacher's wife showed no emotion when a judge announced late this afternoon that she had been found guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of her husband.

The prosecution had asked that Mary Winkler be convicted of first-degree murder, but the jury settled on the lesser charge after deliberating for eight hours.

Winkler told jurors April 18, 2007, that her husband, Matthew, abused her physically and sexually, but she said the shotgun went off accidentally as she pointed it at him.

She will be sentenced to only three to six years in prison. She could be released on parole after serving only 30 percent of that time.

Voluntary manslaughter suggests the crime was committed in an irrational state.

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