At her hate crime sentencing today, the 25-year-old daughter of a suburban police chief, Kathryn Knott received 5-10 months jail time with two years probation in the September 2014 attack by Knott and two friends that left victims, homosexual couple Zachary Hesse and Andrew Haught for dead in Philadelphia’s City Center. One was found unconscious with a fractured jaw and broken cheekbones.
Additionally, Knott was issued a $2,000 fine, and she may never contact the victims or enter Philadelphia except for court proceedings.
Knott’s co-defendents took plea deals and will not face jail time. Kevin Harrigan and Philip Williams pled guilty to aggravated assault and conspiracy charges and received 3-5 years probation. Knott, however, chose to go to trial.
While a jury found Knott not guilty of the aggravated assault felony charges after “heated” deliberations, she was found guilty of simple assault, conspiracy and two counts of recklessly endangering another person.
The case itself was distinct insofar as the social-media attention drawn to it, as police sought to identify the attackers, who were captured on surveillance cameras that evening.
Knott was taken away after sentencing after a tearful apology to the couple whose lives she had forever shaken.