Two of the three young haters who were charged with the September 11, 2014, attack on two gay men in Philadelphia (leaving one man’s jaw shattered and wired shut for months) have copped to a plea deal with prosecutors.
From the Advocate:
Initial reports of the brutal attack suggested that as many as 15 people confronted the couple on the street in Philadelphia’s City Center neighborhood the night of September 11. In a December arraignment, Hesse testified that after a short exchange of words, Harrigan asked if he was “a dirty faggot,” which led to Hesse being shoved and shoving back, reported TV station WCAU.
“I approached him and said, ‘Maybe I am a dirty fucking faggot,’” Hesse said. “He pushed me, I pushed him.” The confrontation then escalated, and witnesses called 911.
The three were charged on September 24, 2014, with aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. The two male attackers were also charged with conspiracy.
Kevin Harrigan and Philip Williams have now pled guilty to one count each of conspiracy and aggravated assault. They will serve no time in jail, instead agreeing to probation and community service.
According to WXPN’s Robert Drake, Harrigan will have to serve three years probation, and Williams five years. In addition, each will have to perform 200 hours each community service at an LGBT facility and are barred from the Central City area until their probation periods are over.
The third alleged attacker, and most famous due to her bratty rhetoric on Twitter, Kathryn Knott, rejected the plea deal and has chosen to fight in court.
She will head back to court on October 30th for a hearing where the judge will set a trial date.
I’ll update as more info comes available.