PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The woman charged with murdering an FBI agent has apparently accepted a plea deal.
Christina Korbe will not stand trial for the murder of FBI agent Sam Hicks at her Indiana Township home in November of 2008.
The KDKA Investigators have learned that Korbe will plead guilty to lesser charges Tuesday morning.
Korbe will not face the death penalty and she will not spend the rest of her life in jail.
In a development seasoned defense attorneys called shocking, Korbe will plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter and gun charges.
As a result, she will spend a little more than 15 years in a federal prison.
Korbe’s brother stood on a downtown bridge a little over a week ago and passed out a flyer called “31 Reasons Kristina Korbe Is Innocent.”
His hope was to convince the community, that may sit on a jury, that she did nothing wrong.
“This was a self defense, Castle Doctrine type situation, where she was awoken at 6:03 pre-dawn. By 6:05, she was calling 911 saying an intruder broke in. We know she would never hurt anybody, let alone shoot a law enforcement officer,” George Waksmunski said.
According to sources, federal prosecutors were concerned about that message. They were concerned if the case went to trial, it would be difficult to convince a jury to recommend life in prison. It would also be extremely difficult to get a death sentence.
“Perhaps the government’s case wasn’t as strong as they believed. That’s my gut. The other option is this defendant is facing so many years of mandatory minimum sentences. As a result of negotiations, this was the best way to alleviate the rigidity of the mandatory sentences,” Defense Attorney Marty Dietz said.
Sources told the KDKA Investigators that Korbe faced well over 100 years in jail if the feds pursued every case. Sources indicated that they threatened to do so.
Now, Korbe will reportedly plead guilty to multiple charges including voluntary manslaughter. She will then be sentenced to 15 years and 10 months in jail.
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