Six members of the Branch Davidian sect who were arrested after an armed confrontation with federal agents thirteen years ago are about to be released from prison, according to the Associated Press. The Davidians, most of whom escaped from the sect’s compound near Waco, Texas after a fire erupted, killing nearly 80 people, will be released over the next two months.
The fire occurred on April 19, 1993, less than two months after federal agents attempted to arrest the group’s leader, David Koresh, for stockpiling guns and explosives. The initial raid ended in a shootout that left four federal officers and six Davidians dead, and a standoff between federal officers and barricaded members of the cult. The six men who are to be released were convicted of manslaughter, weapons offenses or both. A seventh member is not scheduled for release until next year.