Many of you have written to me about the outrageous "justice" in the Mary Winkler case. (Winkler is pictured with her husband Matthew, who she killed, and their children in the photo above). Southern Dad, a reader and frequent poster on my blog, followed the Winkler case closely and describes the case below: "Mary Winkler admitted shooting her husband in the back with a 12-gauge shotgun while he lay in bed early one morning back in March, 2006. What makes this story even more tragic is that he didn't die immediately. According to the coroner he lived for upwards of 20 more minutes, slowly bleeding to death. At no time, as he lay there bleeding and gasping for air, did she offer any help or call 911 for assistance. Instead, she fled the state with the couple's three children, who by the way, were home at the time of the shooting. "At first, she claimed it was an accident and she panicked. Then her defense was that he was abusive and she 'snapped.' Never mind that there wasn't a single piece of evidence or corroboration to her claims of being abused, the jury bought her story and found her guilty of only voluntary manslaughter, which carries a 3-6 year sentence in the state in which the crime occurred. "You can bet your last dollar that had the genders been reversed the husband would have gotten life without parole or worse. She will serve only a WEEK in prison and 60 days in mental health facility. After that, the remainder of her 3 year sentence will be on probation. "That, my friends, is what a man's life is now worth in America if you are killed by your wife."
Glenn Sacks, MA for Fathers & Families