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Mother of Slain FBI Agent Sam Hicks Wrote Judge to Ask for Justice

Slain FBI Agent Sam Hicks/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel

The mother of slain Pittsburgh FBI agent Samuel Hicks asked a federal judge for justice before sentencing for drug dealer Robert Korbe, whose wife shot and killed agent Hicks, according to a letter she wrote to a judge in September. The letter was unsealed Monday in U.S. District Court  in Pittsburgh.

Korbe was sentenced in September to 25 years in prison for drug trafficking and other charges. His wife Christina Korbe has been charged with shooting agent Hicks during a raid  on Nov. 19, 2008 at  the Korbe home in Indiana Township, Pa. Authorities said Robert Korbe was trying to dispose of drugs in the basement at the time.

“You knowingly had possession of illegal substances, and guns in your home the day before you were to appear before a judge on criminal charges, and on November 19, 2008, you chose to run to the basement instead of opening your front door, as law enforcement called for and to you many times,” wrote Hick’s mother Charlotte Hicks Carrabotta in a letter dated Sept. 16. “You, again, were running from the law in an attempt to cover your criminal evidence -the core of who you are.”

“Today, Judge Terrence McVerry, I would like to ask that justice be served in this courtroom for the arrogance and defiance shown repeatedly by Robert Korbe against the laws that protect as well as serve (all) of us. These laws are laws that protect Robert Korbe, but also protect the life of Agent Samuel Hicks.”

“One moment of respect for the law -the simple act of opening a door -and my son would still be alive,” she wrote at the end.

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Mother of Slain FBI Agent Feels the Pain in Slaying of 3 Pittsburgh Cops

FBI Agent Sam Hicks

FBI Agent Sam Hicks

It’s so hard to imagine three Pittsburgh cops being slain at once. The slayings are bringing up certain emotions for Charlotte Hicks Carrabotta whose son, FBI agent Sam Hicks, was gunned down last year.

By Anya Sostek
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PITTSBURGH –– For the last five months, Charlotte Hicks Carrabotta has inched through the grieving process for her son, FBI Special Agent Samuel Hicks, who was killed last year while serving a warrant in Indiana Township.

Yesterday, she found herself horrified by the fact that three new families were about to embark on the same painful journey.

“It cannot even be explained what you go through,” said Ms. Carrabotta, of Rockwood, Somerset County. “First you’re numb, then angry, then you realize that none of it does any good. You just take it one day at a time and be appreciative that you had what you did.”

Shortly after her son died, she was overwhelmed with well-wishers, condolences from friends and strangers and offers of assistance — none of which even started to fill the void left by her son’s death.

“What you want, they can’t do,” she said, “and that’s to bring them back.”
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