Colleen wrote to the judge urging him to deny the request. "I believe Captain Nowak's request to be quite arrogant considering the premeditated and malicious nature of her crime."
Colleen and the third member of the love triangle, Bill Oefelein, plan to marry sometime this year and are especially concerned that Nowak might do something crazy again.
The judge decided to maintain probation but he dropped it to an administrative level, meaning that she does not have to report regularly to her probation officer for the last six months of her sentence. She continues, however, to be forbidden from traveling to Alaska or California or from making contact with Colleen or Bill.
And, of course, Matthew Winkler's long-suffering parents stepped into the breach again and cared for their granddaughters until Mary could get back on her feet. Those three girls are fortunate to have grandparents who look past the woman who murdered their son and give them the love and care they need.