Convicted in Philly Anti-Gay Hate Attack, Knott Attempting to Get Out of Jail Free
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A Philadelphia judge has agreed to hear Kathryn Knott's request to stop serving jail time and instead record a public service announcement as punishment for her part in a 2014 anti-gay hate attack against a same-sex couple.
Next Monday, March 8, Common Pleas Court Judge Roxanne Covington will only "consider the merits" of Knott's new lawyer's filing, and will not pass or change her sentence at that time, Philly.com reports. Attorney William J. Brennan has asked the court to allow Knott to record a public service announcement (PSA) in exchange for serving any additional jail time. Knott was sentenced to 5-10 months in jail for her part in the attack.
Knott was one of 15 friends who encountered the couple, and the only one of three who did not accept a generous plea deal, but insisted on going to trial. The group left one of the men "for dead," as he testified in court. He had to have his jaw wired shut for months.
Brennan is arguing that Knott's punishment should not be any more extreme than the sentences given to her two fellow attackers, who accepted plea deals that kept them out of prison.
Knott, the daughter of a local police chief, is already serving her time in jail. It is unknown if the judge will grant her attorney's request.
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