Former FBI official sentenced in Ruby Ridge probe
October 10, 1997
Web posted at: 11:00 p.m. EDT (0300 GMT)
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A former FBI official was sentenced
Friday to 18 months in prison and fined $4,000 after
pleading guilty to the destruction of a report criticizing
the FBI's role in the deadly 1992 shootout at Ruby Ridge,
E. Michael Kahoe, a former head of the FBI's violent crime
and major offenders section, told the court he was sorry for
"I must live every day with the realism of what I've done,"
he said tearfully. "I will always be known as the agent who
plead guilty to obstruction of justice in the Ruby Ridge
Kahoe was sentenced by Judge Ricardo Urbina, who could have
given him two years. The judge also ordered him placed on
probation for two years after his release from federal
Kahoe's lawyers said his 26 years of unblemished law
enforcement experience should be taken into account. Federal
prosecutors urged the maximum sentence.
In 1992, the wife and son of white separatist Randy Weaver
were killed during a standoff with the FBI. A deputy U.S.
marshal was also killed in the siege.
As head of the FBI's major crimes section, Kahoe was
responsible for preparing a critique of the FBI's performance
at Ruby Ridge. Federal prosecutors said he repeatedly refused
to hand over documents and later destroyed the report, which
they were able to recreate from computer files.