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What--210 Whole Days in Jail just for Murder?

I justa href=”http://www.volunteertv.com/home/headlines/7900412.html” saw on the news that/a Mary Winkler, who was accused of killing her husband, Matthew, was given a sentence by the judge of only 210 days, 60 of which can be spent in a mental facility:br /br /blockquoteSelmer, Tennessee (WVLT) Knoxville native Mary Winkler will go to jail in connection with the killing of her minister husband.br /br /A judge sentenced Winkler to three years of split confinement in connection with the shotgun slaying of her husband in March of 2006.br /br /Of that, she’s been ordered to serve 210 days in jail.br /br /Up to 60 days can be served in a mental health care facility.br /br /The judge ruled she will get credit for time served, and Winkler will begin serving her sentence immediately.br /br /She was taken into custody at the conclusion of the hearing.br /br /The judge denied Winkler’s defense attorney’s request that she be granted judicial diversion on her conviction of voluntary manslaughterbr /br /Attorney Leslie Ballin told the judge during testimony today that, “If (Mary’s) not divertable, who is?”/blockquotebr /br /Uhh, how about someone who didn’t kill her husband in cold blood? Unbelievably, in the news story I watched–her old Knoxville neighbors were being interviewed and all shown were “supportive” of Mary–one woman even wanted her let out on probation and a man stated that he didn’t question the legal system in such cases. Well, I sure do. There is a a href=”http://www.volunteertv.com/home/headlines/7900412.html”poll over at Volunteer TV/a asking readers if 210 days is an appropriate length of time for Ms. Winkler to spend in jail–and for reader thoughts–go over and let them know what you think, I sure will.br /br /strongUpdate:/strong Trudy W. Schuett a href=”http://www.deanesmay.com/posts/1181389583.shtml”has some thoughts /aon the Winkler case over at Dean’s World. br /br /I also have a question for any of my readers out there who are lawyers or criminologists. Since Mary Winkler’s charge was lessened to voluntary manslaughter, does this get registered in the homicide statistics as a female on male homicide or is it dropped from the stats altogether?