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Pennsylvania woman released from prison despite being convicted of shooting and killing an FBI agent

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PITTSBURGH, PA – In 2008, FBI agent Sam Hicks was leading a breach team into the home of a major cocaine dealer in Indiana Township. Hicks entered the home at approximately 6 am on the November 19th raid.

Christina Korbe, the wife of the man law enforcement was looking for was at the top of the stairs. As Hicks entered the home, Korbe fired at least one shot, striking and killing the 33-year-old agent. She immediately ran into her bedroom and called 911, according to court records.

Korbe testified that she was scared and fired the shot to protect her children, not with the intent of killing anyone and not knowing it was law enforcement entering the home until after she had fired the fatal shot.

Hicks left behind a wife and a 2-year-old son named Noah.

Korbe, now 53, was sentenced in 2009 to 15 years and 10 months in federal prison, after she pleaded guilty to one charge of voluntary manslaughter and one count of discharging a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence.

The manslaughter charge carried a sentence of 70 months. The weapons charge landed her 120 months. The sentences were to be served consecutively.

And now, as of May 18, 2022, she is a free woman.

She actually petitioned for early release back in 2020, citing COVID and her family needing her as the justification of her request.

“Ms. Korbe has never wavered from her position that she did not intend to kill a law enforcement officer,” read a filing, undersigned by Connecticut attorney W. Theodore Koch III. “This has never meant, however, that she has denied culpability or lacked remorse. Indeed, she is full of remorse.”

The U.S District Attorney and the FBI Agent’s Association object to her early release.

U.S. District Judge J. Nicholas Ranjan denied that request.

The FBI Agent’s Association said that it had worked diligently to make sure that Korbe served the entirety of her sentence.

“While Korbe will now rejoin society and go back to her family, we will not forget that because of her actions, the Hicks family must live their lives without their loved one — a husband, father and son,” the association said. “It is important that the tragic facts surrounding the killing of Special Agent Hicks are not forgotten.”

The wife of Agent Hicks said that while she was grateful that Korbe accepted responsibility for her actions by pleading guilty, she said that her apology seemed less than sincere, given that she put blame on the FBI for sending Hicks into her home to begin with.

“I have never denied that I was the one who fired that fateful shot that morning and am taking on that responsibility. I still have not heard the FBI taking any responsibility in all of this because they refuse to accept that their unnecessary actions played an integral part,” she read during the trial from a prepared statement.

According to the Post-Gazette, she went on to say that the Bureau was harassing her family, fabricating evidence and threatening witnesses. She believed that she was “unfairly over prosecuted,” saying that the actions of the FBI made the likelihood of her getting a fair trial “almost impossible.”

Now that Korbe is out of the Connecticut prison where she has been serving her sentence, she has three years of supervised release.

Her husband Robert, who was the target of the 2008 raid, pleaded guilty to mail fraud, cocaine distribution and illegal firearms charges, and was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2011.

In 2020, he admitted to running a drug ring inside the prison where he was incarcerated and had an additional four years added to his sentence.

 


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