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Woman Who Fatally Shot FBI Agent Ordered to Stay in Prison

Christina Korbe

By Steve Neavling

Christina Korbe, who fatally shot an FBI agent during a drug raid in Pennsylvania, won’t be freed from prison early, a federal judge has ruled. 

Korbe was sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing FBI Agent Sam Hicks when her home was raided for drugs at her Indiana Township home in 2008. Hick was 33. 

U.S. District Judge J. Nicholas Ranjan rejected her bid for early release, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Slain FBI Agent Sam Hicks/fbi photo

“Ms. Korbe has spent a significant period of time in prison, which has placed a burden on her family,” the judge wrote. “While the Court empathizes with Ms. Korbe and her family, empathy doesn’t always translate into compassionate release. The circumstances presented here simply do not rise to the standard that Congress has authorized for early release.”

Korbe’s attorney requested the early release because she claimed she had the coronavirus in the spring, but prosecutors disputed that. Whatever the case, the judge said Korbe is not at a high risk because she lacks underlying health conditions. 

Korbe was convicted in 2011 of voluntary manslaughter and using a fund during a crime of violence. She was spared a life sentence for a murder a federal agent.

Korbe is eligible for release in 2022.

Woman Pleads to Voluntary Manslaughter in Death of Pitts. FBI Agent Sam Hicks; Gets Nearly 16 Years

Christina Korbe/wtae tv

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A woman pleaded guilty Tuesday morning in federal court in Pittsburgh to voluntary manslaughter and discharging a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence in the fatal  shooting of FBI agent Sam Hicks in 2008, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

Under the plea agreement, Christina Korbe was sentenced to 15 years and 10 months in prison, the paper reported, adding that she entered her plea before a standing-room-only courtroom.

Korbe shot and killed Hicks, who along with other law enforcement agents, had come to arrest her husband Robert Korbe, a drug dealer, who is now serving a 25-year prison term.

She had claimed that she shot Hicks, 33, after thinking someone was breaking in the home, and that she wanted to protect her family. Hicks was the first to enter the home.

The Post-Gazette reported that Hick’s widow Brooke Hicks spoke after sentencing, saying:

“The most important thing was she stood up in that courtroom and accepted responsibility for shooting Sam.”She added that she was relieved Korbe can’t appeal, though ” everyone in here would have loved to see her do more time.”

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Korbe spoke in court and admitted she was wrong. And her family provided to the media a written statement from Kobe, which said:  “To the Hicks family, I am deeply, deeply sorry, more than you’ll ever know.

Slain FBI Agent Sam Hicks/fbi photo

“There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about your son, your husband, your father, your brother, your friend, and wish it were me instead of him.”

But she also blamed the FBI tactics for the ordeal.

“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 wrote.

She went on to blame the FBI for harassing her family, fabricating evidence and threatening witnesses, the paper reported.

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Feds Prepare for Trial of Woman Accused of Killing Pitts. FBI Agent Sam Hicks

Slain FBI Agent Sam Hicks/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The feds are gearing up for the trial of a woman accused of killing Pittsburgh FBI agent Sam Hicks in 2008.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that U.S. District Judge Terrence F. McVerry has ordered the federal jury administrator to summon 350 people to serve as the jury pool for the March 7 trial. The potential jurors will report to the courthouse on Feb. 14 for preliminary instructions.

Christina Korbe is charged with shooting Hicks to death. Hicks and other agents had come to the house to serve an arrest warrant for Korbe’s husband. She opened fire, killing Hicks. Her husband Robert Korbe has been sentenced to 25 years  in prison on drug and other charges.

Authorities said when the agents came to the home, Robert  Korbe ran in the basement to get rid of cocaine and his wife Christina opened fire from upstairs.

In November 2009, the Baltimore FBI building was named after Hicks, who had been a Baltimore cop before joining the FBI.

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

Slain FBI Agent Sam Hicks/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

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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Drug Dealer Whose Wife Killed Pitts. FBI Agent Gets 25 Years

Slain FBI Agent Sam Hicks/fbi photo

Slain FBI Agent Sam Hicks/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The convicted drug dealer whose wife shot and killed a Pittsburgh FBI agent in 2008 during a raid at their home was sentenced Friday in federal court to 25 years in prison, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

The paper reported that Robert Korbe, who pleaded guilty to drug trafficking, gun and insurance fraud charges, faced a mandatory 20-year term, but could have gotten life.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy Rivetti said Korbe threatened witnesses in his case from jail even after pleading guilty, the paper reported.

Law enforcement agents raided his home in November 2008. Korbe ran in the basement to get rid of cocaine and his wife Christina opened fire from upstairs and shot and killed FBI agent Sam Hicks, the paper reported. She faces charges in the shooting.

Korbe reportedly laughed when learning that the agent had been shot.

Drug Dealer Laughed When He Found Out Wife Shot Pittsburgh FBI Agent Sam Hicks

Sam Hicks/fbi photo

Sam Hicks/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A drug dealer whose wife shot and killed Pittsburgh FBI agent Sam Hicks in 2008 during an FBI raid at their  home laughed when he learned the agent had been shot, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said, according to a report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

As a result of that and his “dispicable behavior” after the slaying of the agent, a federal prosecutor will be asking for more time beyond the 20-year minimum at sentencing Friday for Robert Korbe, a convicted drug trafficker, the Post-Gazette reported.

Prosecutors said that Korbe taunted police at the scene, called them idiots and said “I’ll shoot all of you,” the Post-Gazette reported.

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Man Whose Wife Fatally Shot Pitts. FBI Agent Pleads Guilty

Sam Hicks/fbi photo

Sam Hicks/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Robert Korbe, the man whose wife shot Pittsburgh FBI agent Sam Hicks in 2008 while Hicks was serving an arrest warrant, pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to cocaine and crack cocaine trafficking charges, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

U.S. District Judge Terrence F. McVerry will sentence  Korbe in September, the paper reported.

Korbe’s wife Christina Korbe, faces homicide charges in the fatal shooting. She claimed she was acting in self defense and that Hicks was an intruder.

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House Passes Bill To Help Families of Slain Agents With Relocation Costs

Sam Hicks/fbi photo

Sam Hicks/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Last November, the Baltimore FBI office was named after Sam Hicks, a slain Pittsburgh FBI agent who had worked as a Baltimore cop.

Now his name lives on in a piece of national legislation.

The House on Tuesday passed a bill named after Hicks that will allow federal law enforcement agencies to assist with relocation costs for families of slain agents who want to return to their hometown, according to a release by the FBI Agents Association.

“Today the House of Representatives passed the same version of the Special Agent Samuel Hicks Families of Fallen Heroes Act that was recently passed by the Senate by a vote of 412 to 0, clearing the legislation for Presidential signature,” the Association said in a statement. “This legislation will allow federal law enforcement agencies to assist families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty with relocation costs if they need to move back to their home communities.”

Hicks was slain in Nov. 19, 2008 while executing an arrest warrant.

The story about the House passing the legislation was first reported by the law enforcement website Main Justice.