Kathryn Knott Found Guilty Of Assault In Violent Gay-Bashing

Kathryn Knott has been found guilty of assault in the violent gay-bashing that occurred last year in Philadelphia which left two men bloody, one of whom had his broken jaw wired shut for months.

The jury found Knott guilty of simple assault, two counts of reckless endangerment, and conspiracy. She had been offered a plea deal but chose to go to trial.

From Philly.com:

A Philadelphia jury Friday found Kathryn Knott guilty of simple assault and conspiracy but acquitted her of a more serious count of aggravated assault an attack on a gay couple in Center City last year.

Knott, 25, bit her lips when the jury forewoman announced the guilty verdicts.

The panel convicted her of simple assault against one victim and conspiracy.

Kathryn Knott, 25, of Southampton, Bucks County, was accused of punching one of the gay men and yelling anti-gay slurs. The defense contended she did not hit anyone or yell anything derogatory.

The jury took less than three days to deliberate.

Her two co-conspirators plead guilty months ago.

Reporter Dan McQuade has been following the case closely.