After eight hours of deliberation, the jury found Mary Winkler guilty of voluntary manslaughter. Under Tennessee law, she could be sentenced to from three to six years and would be eligible for parole after serving 30 percent of her sentence. How much time she will serve in prison — if any — is up to the judge now, so we’ll see.
The jury could have found her guilty of first or second degree murder and she might have faced up to 60 years in prison. In finding her guilty of voluntary manslaughter, the jurors found that she acted irrationally in the heat of passion.
I don’t think she should have been found guilty of any crime. I hope she doesn’t actually serve any time. But it could have been worse. Bottom line, she is going to able to move on with her life, thank the goddess, even if she has to spend some time in jail.
To the misogynists who have written to me asking whether I’d let Mary Winkler care for my children, or whether I’d take her in now, or after she’s served her time, you bet I would. Damn right I would. I would welcome her with open arms. I know the hell she’s lived. She is not a threat to anyone, and she never was. She shot Matthew Winkler in an attempt to save her own and her daughters’ lives. The tragedy is that it came to that.