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September 23, 2013

State News in Brief | Woman wants sentence cut in agent’s slaying

PITTSBURGH — A woman who fatally shot an FBI agent who led a pre-dawn drug raid at her Pittsburgh-area home nearly five years ago wants a federal judge to reduce her 15-year, 10-month prison sentence because of her remorse and “exceptional” efforts to turn her life around.

Forty-four-year-old Christina Korbe filed the motion late Friday, without the aid of an attorney. She attached 12 pages of certificates from various programs she’s completed – including her general education diploma – at the Federal Medical Center-Carswell, a prison for female inmates with medical and mental health needs near Fort Worth, Texas.

Korbe was sentenced in January 2011, but has been incarcerated since shortly after the Nov. 19, 2008, shooting of FBI Special Agent Samuel Hicks at her Indiana Township home.

Hicks was a 1999 graduate of Pitt-Johnstown. At the time of the killing, his mother was a teacher in the Rockwood Area School District.

Her husband, Robert Korbe, is serving 25 years for drug trafficking.

Police: Inmate attacks guard at juvenile prison

INDIANA – State police say an inmate at an Indiana County state prison for juvenile and younger offenders will be charged with attacking a guard.

Troopers from the Indiana barracks say the 20-year-old inmate, whom they’ve yet to name publicly, punched the guard in the head Sunday evening at the State Correctional Institution-Pine Grove.

The maximum security prison is located about 50 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Police say the guard suffered only minor injuries in the incident, which occurred about 6:45 p.m.

Police plan to charge the inmate with simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct. Investigators say the inmate attacked the guard after the inmate refused to return to his cell.

Town appeals to keep body of Jim Thorpe

JIM THORPE – The Carbon County town where famed athlete Jim Thorpe was laid to rest six decades ago asked a federal appeals court Monday to throw out a ruling that could clear the way for his remains to be moved to American Indian land in Oklahoma.

A federal district judge erred when he ruled the town of Jim Thorpe amounts to a museum under the 1990 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, the town’s lawyers wrote in an appeal seeking to block the removal of the athlete’s body.

Thorpe was a football, baseball and track star who won the decathlon and pentathlon in the 1912 Olympics. He died without a will in 1953 at age 64.

His remains are kept in a mausoleum surrounded by statues and interpretive signage.

Thorpe’s surviving sons have been fighting to move the body to Sac and Fox land in the state where he was born. In April, U.S. District Judge Richard Caputo ruled in favor of Bill Thorpe, his brother Richard, and the Sac and Fox.

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