PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The woman who shot and killed an FBI agent, more than two years ago, made a plea deal that will send her to jail for nearly 16 years.
However, it’s less than the sentence her husband faces.
His drug operation set in motion the events of that morning.
The victim’s wife spoke publicly for the first time about the case, the plea deal and what her life has been like since her husband was killed.
Many FBI and other law enforcement agents packed the courtroom Tuesday morning. Many tears were shed as Christina Korbe told the Hicks family she was sorry.
Many tears were shed by Brooke Hicks as she thought about being a single parent.
“I will play Santa without him, go to Cub Scout meetings and teach my son to ride a bike when it should be Sam,” Brooke Hicks said.
Noah Hicks is now 4-years-old. He was on Brooke Hicks’ mind as she listened to Korbe accept a plea deal that will send her to jail for 15 years and 10 months for voluntary manslaughter and a weapons charge.
During the hearing, Korbe turned to the Hicks family and said, “To the Hicks family, I am deeply, deeply sorry. More than you’ll ever know.”
But, she also said the actions of the police drug raid, that targeted her husband, led to the tragedy.
The agent’s widow was not impressed.
“I would have to say it’s the hardest thing that I’ve ever done. To sit there and listen to the person who took him from me talk about how she feels. You know? I just kept thinking about my son and what he’s missing and what he’ll never get. It was extremely hard,” Brooke Hicks said.
The federal prosecutor said Korbe got 15 years while her husband got 25 years in the drug case. The difference was because Robert Korbe set the wheels in motion for the tragedy and had a longer criminal history.
However, Korbe’s family is upset with the plea deal.
“We oppose the plea and we’re angry about it. We don’t think Chrissy’s gotten a fair deal. We don’t think she would have had a fair trial and we believe the plea was coerced,” George Waksmunski said.
Within the 15 years and 10 months sentence, is 10 years for possessing a gun during the commission of a crime.
On that charge alone, the maximum could have been life.