In her first interview since getting out of prison, Mary Winkler, appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Sept. 12.
Winkler is convicted of killing her minister husband last year and told Oprah that she never intended to pull the trigger.
During her trial, Mary said she had been abused physically and sexually by her husband, Matthew Winkler.
She served a total of five months in jail, followed by two months in a mental institution.
Some residents in her hometown of McMinnville, Tennessee say they hope Winkler is going public to help spread a sincere message to other people.
"I'm hoping she's doing it to help people, because I believe that she does have a good message to get out there to reach others," one resident said.
Speaking via satellite in Mississippi, Winkler told Oprah she regrets not speaking out sooner about her abusive marriage.