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Pennsylvania Woman Gets 5-10 Months for Gay-Bash Attack

Knott Faces Jail Time for Role in Gay Couple Beating

A judge has sentenced Kathryn Knott to five to ten months in jail for her involvement in a beating of a gay couple in Center City back in September of 2014. Knott is from Bucks County. (Published Monday, Feb. 8, 2016)

A Bucks County, Pennsylvania, woman convicted of misdemeanor charges in a 2014 beating of a gay couple in Center City learned her fate on Monday.

Kathryn Knott, 25, was sentenced to five to ten months in jail for her role in the attack.

A jury in December acquitted Knott of felony aggravated assault charges, but found her guilty of charges including simple assault, reckless endangerment and conspiracy. She sobbed in court after the verdict was read.

Knott was one of 15 friends, some from the same Catholic high school, who were out celebrating a birthday the night of the attack in September 2014. The victims were walking to the city's popular "Gayborhood" to get pizza.

Witnesses identified Knott as having thrown a punch during the assault, which was partially captured on surveillance video. She denied punching anyone and told jurors she moved toward the victims to intervene.

Knott is the only defendant of three arrested in the assault who did not take a plea deal. Two men also arrested in the attack, Philip Williams and Kevin Harrigan, both pleaded guilty to assault and conspiracy charges and are serving probation and community service.

  

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