Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Korbe Sentenced

The woman accused of killing an FBI agent pleaded guilty and was sentenced on Tuesday in U.S. District Court.

U.S. District Judge Terrence McVerry sentenced Christina Korbe to 15 years in jail on charges of voluntary manslaughter and discharging a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence. In 2008 Korbe shot Sam Hicks, an FBI agent who came to her house to arrest her husband on drug trafficking charges.

Korbe pled guilty on Tuesday morning in front of a packed courtroom. She read a tearful apology in which she asked for forgiveness from the Hicks family and blamed the FBI for what occurred.

After the plea and sentencing, Sam Hick’s widow Brooke said that the most important thing was that Christina Korbe took responsibility for her actions. She said listening to Korbe’s apology was difficult.

“I would say it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. To sit there and listen to the person who took him from me talk about how she feels. I just kept thinking about my son and what he’s missing and what he will never get. And it was extremely hard,” she said.

Judge McVerry suggested Korbe be placed in a prison close to Pittsburgh so her two young children can pay her regular visits.

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