12/12/2013 10:37 am ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

Fox News' Jana Winter Received 'Death Threats,' Worried She Would 'Die In Prison' (VIDEO)

Fox News reporter Jana Winter spoke live on Thursday about the horror she endured over the Aurora movie theater shooting trial she feared might end not only her career, but her life, she said.

Winter spoke with Fox News' Shepard Smith in her first television interview since the New York high court's decision that spared her from being forced to reveal confidential sources who gave her information about a notebook that gunman James Holmes gave to his psychiatrist prior to the shooting.

Winter said that she received several "death threats" throughout the trial as a result of her refusing to give up the names of her sources.

"There were death threats all around," she told Smith. "People posting information about my dad's home address and all of his military history... pictures of my mom who died five years ago and her obituary."

Had New York decided otherwise, Winter would have had to return to a Colorado court to reveal her sources, which she told Smith she would have "never" done.

"There was no way that I was going to give up these names. It's just not going to happen. It wasn't going to happen," Winter said, even though not revealing the names would have resulted in her going to prison.

"Were you worried that this could be a career ender?" Smith asked.

"I worried that this could be a 'I die in prison' ender."

"It's horrible," she continued, describing the process of having to prepare for a possible prison sentence. "It sucks every day, and always. There's nothing I think you can really do to prepare. I did watch 'Orange is the New Black,' which was not entirely encouraging. Figuring out sort of how to survive if I were to be in jail, and it's horrendous."

Watch the video for the full interview with Fox News.