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Woman who killed her preacher husband goes to mental facility

A Tennessee woman accused of her preacher husband's shooting was moved from a county jail to a mental health facility.

The judge approved the move for Mary Winkler on Wednesday, said Sue Allison, spokeswoman for the courts of Tennessee. The name and location of the facility were not disclosed.

Winkler was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the 2006 shooting death of her Church of Christ minister husband, Matthew, in the parsonage where the family lived.

She was sentenced June 8 to three years, but she will be eligible for probation after serving 210 days and got credit for the 143 days she already spent in jail. That left 67 days and the judge ruled that 60 of those days could be served in a facility where she could receive mental health treatment.

Officials did not say why she required mental health treatment. At trial, Winkler testified that she had been physically and emotionally abused by her husband.

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