|Convicted gay-basher Kathryn Knott|
Convicted Philadelphia gay-basher Kathryn Knott has hired a new attorney who is requesting a hearing to reconsider her current prison sentence.
Kathryn Knott is asking Judge Roxanne Covington to grant her a resentencing hearing.
Attorney Bill Brennan, who replaced Knott’s former defense attorney Louis Busico, filed a motion for reconsideration Wednesday with the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.
Earlier this month, Judge Roxanne Covington sentenced Knott last week to 5-to-10 months in prison (plus two years of probation, a $2,000 fine and was ordered to attend anger management classes) for her participation in the 2014 beating of a homosexual couple in Center City.
Brennan said late Wednesday afternoon that he is requesting the court consider alternatives to incarceration, contending that Knott’s sentencing should be more rehabilitative and better attempt to heal the wounds caused by the assault.
“Frankly, my client will be out in a few months either way,” Brennan said. “It’s to establish dialogue with the community and begin to heal the wounds with the victims, the community and the city.”
Knott, 25, of Upper Southampton, Bucks County, was convicted in December of simple assault, conspiracy and two counts of reckless endangerment for her role in the assault, which left Haught unconscious with broken cheekbones and a fractured jaw that needed to be wired shut for eight weeks. Hesse sustained minor facial bruises.
Brennan said Knott “has learned a lot in the 18 months,” adding that the community and city could benefit from a sentence that includes community service or a public service announcement.
“She’s learned that words and actions have a much more far-reaching impact and effect than she ever thought possible,” Brennan said. “She learned that your life can change on a dime. I think, rather than warehouse her in jail for a few months and that be the end of it, perhaps some community service or a public service announcement might be more proactive and productive in addressing the larger issues that this case dealt with.”
I rather doubt Miss Knott has learned much of anything throughout this hideous event. I would bet that several months in incarceration will deter her from attacking any more LGBTs in the future a lot more than sweeping an LGBT community center.
Knott’s cohorts in the vicious attack, Philip Williams and Kevin Harrigan, accepted plea deals which allowed them to avoid prison time. The agreement included 200 hours of community service at an LGBT center, and three years probation. Knott was offered the same, but refused, choosing to go to trial.
During the sentencing phase of the case, Assistant District Attorney Mike Barry requested a sentence of 9-to-23 months in jail.