Christina Korbe hasn't done anything to warrant a reduced sentence for her "violent crimes which evidenced an extreme callous disregard for life," federal prosecutors wrote in a court document filed Friday.
The Indiana Township woman who fatally shot FBI Special Agent Sam Hicks has served five years of her 15-year, 10-month sentence, and last month sought a reduction based on what she called "a consistent, genuine effort to change her life for the better."
Assistant U.S. attorneys Troy Rivetta and Donovan Cocas countered with a point-by-point refutation of her legal arguments. They wrote that 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, 44.
Korbe agreed to the sentence in a plea bargain, they wrote, and waived most of her appeal rights.
Under rare circumstances, judges can cut sentences due to extraordinary rehabilitation.
Prosecutors noted that Korbe has indicated 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."
In 2011 Korbe's husband, Robert Ralph Korbe, appealed his 25-year sentence for drug dealing, mail fraud and firearms violations. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied him.
Prosecutors in Friday's motion reiterated that when the agents raiding the Korbe house identified themselves as police, the husband "ran through the house and down to his filing cabinet in the basement, where he retrieved a portion of his stash of cocaine and began pouring it down a drain."
That's when the FBI broke open the door and the wife shot agent Hicks.
Korbe's motion, which she wrote without a lawyer, drew a passionate response from law enforcement. The FBI Agents Association wrote in a statement last month that she "should remain in prison and serve every single day of her sentence."
The motion is pending before U.S. District Judge Terrence McVerry.