Prosecutors: Indiana Township woman who killed FBI agent not worthy of reduction in sentence

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The Indiana Township woman who fatally shot FBI Special Agent Sam Hicks doesn't deserve a reduction in her 15 year, 10 month sentence, federal prosecutors wrote in a court document filed today.

Christina Korbe, 44, has served nearly five years of her sentence. Last month she filed a motion seeking a reduction based on what she called "a consistent, genuine effort to change her life for the better."

The FBI Agents Association countered that she "should remain in prison and serve every single day of her sentence."

Assistant U.S. attorneys Troy Rivetta and Donovan Cocas wrote in their response filed today that Korbe "was convicted of serious, violent crimes which evidenced an extreme callous disregard for life" and has no legal basis for a reduction.

She agreed to the sentence in a plea bargain, they noted, and waived nearly all of her appeal rights.

There are narrow legal grounds under which a sentence can be reduced -- old age or a change in the federal sentencing guidelines, for instance -- but none apply to Korbe, they wrote.

They noted that Korbe has submitted documents indicating that she "has completed the drug-abuse counseling ordered by this Court at sentencing, has obtained her GED, has completed a few Life Connections Programs as well as 30 hours of hospice training, and finished the [prison system's] walk/run program. While these accomplishments are to be encouraged, they are not exceptional."

U.S. District Judge Terrence McVerry is handling the case and can rule on Korbe's motion.

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Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord.


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