PHILADELPHIA (Feb. 8, 2016) – The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office announced that the Hon. Roxanne Covington today sentenced Kathryn Knott to serve five to ten months of incarceration followed by two years of reporting probation, in addition to paying $2000 in fines, for her role in the attack of a gay couple at 16th and Chancellor Sts. in Center City Philadelphia on Sept. 11, 2014.
On Dec. 18, 2015, Knott was found guilty by a jury of her peers of two counts of Recklessly Endangering Anther Person, Simple Assault and Conspiracy for Simple Assault; all misdemeanor crimes.
“This case is one of those cases that is not just important on its merits – the sentencing of Kathryn Knott for her role in the heinous attack of a gay couple in Center City Philadelphia – but it is important because it has forced us to think about race, gender, economic status, sexual orientation and what kind of city we want to live and work in,” said Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams. “I think we all want to raise our families in a city that respects everyone equally, and yes we have a long way to go to make that a reality, but I hope today’s sentencing takes us one step closer.”
This past October, Knott’s co-defendants pled guilty for their role in the attack. Kevin Harrigan pled guilty to one charge of Simple Assault and one charge of Conspiracy. He was sentenced to three years of reporting probation and had to pay $314 in restitution. Phillip Williams pled guilty to one charge of Aggravated Assault and one charge of Conspiracy. He was sentenced to five years of reporting probation and had to pay $628 in restitution. Harrigan and Williams also agreed to perform 200 hours of community service at a LGBTQ organization/cause and are prohibited from going into Center City Philadelphia for the duration of their probation.
Assistant District Attorney (ADA) Mike Barry, Chief of the Office’s Central Bureau and ADA Allison Ruth who is in the Office’s Homicide Unit prosecuted the Center City attack case.