Convicted gay basher Kathryn Knott is sad that she's a convicted gay basher and she wants the state to go easier on her, even after she was found guilty of gay bashing. And so she’s gotten herself a new lawyer — Bill Brennan has replaced Knott's former defense attorney Louis Busico — and together they are asking Judge Roxanne Covington to grant her a resentencing hearing.
Covington sentenced Knott to 5-to-10 months in prison for her role in the 2014 beating of a gay couple in Philadelphia; Knott also received two years of probation, a $2,000 fine and was ordered to attend anger management classes, keep out of Philadelphia County during her probation and stay away from the victims, Andrew Haught and Zachary Hesse.
Knott was sent to the Riverside Correctional Facility immediately after her sentencing. But Bill Brennan is now 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. It's to establish dialogue with the community and begin to heal the wounds with the victims, the community and the city."
Well, I for one think she ought to do the same amount of jail time that her victims took in healing the physical wounds of the beating Knott and her mob of friends inflicted upon them.
Brennan said Knott "has learned a lot in the 18 months" and says everyone could benefit from a sentence that includes community service or a public service announcement; yes, Kathryn Knott wants to beat up gay people and then do a commercial about not beating up gay people.
"She's learned that words and actions have a much more far-reaching impact and effect than she ever thought possible. 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." — Bill Brennan
You f**k off, too, because she was involved in a gang beating of two innocent people and she deserves whatever punishment she gets … though I think it should have been longer.
Brennan points out that Knott's two co-defendants, Kevin Harrigan and Philip Williams, received lighter penalties when they accepted plea agreements—the two received probation, 200 hours of community service at an LGBT Center and a ban on entering Center City during their probationary period—and he believes her punishment should be equal to theirs.
Except … Knott was offered the same exact deal, but she figured since her daddy was in law enforcement she could go to trial and get off just like that; she chose not to accept a deal, and take a lighter sentence; she chose a trial where she was found guilty; she should stay in jail until her sentence in completed.
And maybe then she can come out of prison, having served the time for her crimes, and do a PSA where she talks about how stupid she is, and arrogant she is, and above the law she thinks she is; and then shut up.