Commonwealth and defendants worked together to create agreement with hopes of raising awareness about LGBTQ tolerance and understanding
PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 15, 2015) – The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office today announced that defendants Kevin Harrigan and Phillip Williams have accepted the terms of a plea agreement presented to them by the office after being charged with attacking a gay couple at 16th and Chancellor Sts. in Center City Philadelphia on Sept. 11, 2014. Defendant Kathryn Knott, who was also charged in the same incident, has chosen to take her case to trial.
Defendant Harrigan pled guilty to one charge of Simple Assault and one charge of Conspiracy. He was sentenced to three years of reporting probation and must pay $314 in restitution. Defendant Williams pled guilty to one charge of Aggravated Assault and one charge of Conspiracy. He was sentenced to five years of reporting probation and must pay $628 in restitution. Harrigan and Williams also agreed to perform 200 hours of community service at an LGBT organization/cause and not go into Center City Philadelphia for the duration of their probation.
“Today’s agreement is certainly about justice, but it is also about honoring the wishes of the victims to make sure they can continue to heal and gain closure,” said Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams. “Defendants Harrigan and Williams have accepted their agreement, one that honors the wishes of the victims of this case, and defendant Knott has chosen to proceed to trial. I hope that all of us can learn and grow from this horrible incident and be inspired by these two courageous victims, the solidarity of the LGBTQ community and their thousands of supporters and advocates.”
Defendant Knott’s trial date has not yet been selected. She is being charged with two charges of Aggravated Assault, two charges of Simple Assault, two charges of Recklessly Endangering Another Person and Conspiracy. Assistant District Attorney Mike Barry is overseeing the prosecution of the case.