WACO, Tex. — The lone Branch Davidian to strike a plea bargain in the shooting deaths of four federal agents was sentenced Friday to three years in prison on a reduced charge.
Kathryn Schroeder's testimony was a key in convicting eight of her fellow cult members, a prosecutor said. She was the last member of David Koresh's cult to be sentenced in a gun battle that erupted during a raid on Feb. 28, 1993.
In addition to the four agents, six Branch Davidians died. Schroeder's husband was among them.
"I want to say I know a lot of people have suffered. I really am sorry for that. I don't think it should ever have happened," Schroeder told U.S. District Judge Walter S. Smith before sentencing.
Smith sentenced Schroeder, 31, to three years in prison, three years of probation and fined her $5,000. The charge against Schroeder--resisting arrest--was reduced from first-degree murder. She could have been sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in prison on the resisting arrest charge.