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Western Pa. Woman Pleads to Charges in FBI Shooting Case

An early-morning FBI raid turned fatal on November 19, 2008. FBI agents were executing an arrest warrant at the home of Christina and Robert Korbe in Indiana Township, when Christina fired a single shot from the upstairs of the house, killing a 33-year-old FBI agent. Christina Korbe believed that someone was breaking into the house and fired the shot to protect herself and her family.

Her husband Robert, who was the original target of the arrest warrant, entered a guilty plea to mail fraud and cocaine distribution charges in May. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Christina was facing voluntary manslaughter and weapons charges for her actions during the raid.

This morning, Christina Korbe pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and discharging a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence. Under a negotiated sentence, a U.S. District Court Judge sentenced her to 70 months in prison for voluntary manslaughter to be followed by 120 months on the weapons charge. The sentences will be served consecutively and she will have three years of supervised release after her sentence. The Korbes will also be required to forfeit their Indiana Township home.

In court, she called for an end to early-morning raids and claims they are too dangerous. Mrs. Korbe also released a statement to the media. In it, she apologized to the family of the deceased agent and said the FBI's unnecessary tactics played a role in the shooting. She wrote, "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."

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Korbe pleads to voluntary manslaughter, firearms charge," Paula Reed Ward, 1/18/2011 

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