Mary Winkler was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the 2006 shooting death of her husband, Church of Christ minister Matthew Winkler. However, she has now been reunited with her children and given full custody.
Winkler was sentenced only to three years in prison and spent only 12 days in jail after her sentencing. With the exception of a couple of months at a mental health facility, Winkler spent relatively little time in actual confinement for the crime.
She now has full custody of the children — ages 11, 9 and 3 — over the vehement objections of their paternal grandparents.
The jury found that her shooting her husband was voluntary manslaughter rather than murder after she alleged marital abuse by the minister.
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