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Gay basher released from prison after serving just 5 months for brutal assault

Nick Duffy July 12, 2016

A woman who was found guilty of assaulting a gay couple has been released from prison after just 5 months.

Kathryn Knott was arrested in 2014 alongside two accomplices over her role in the 2014 beating of a gay couple in Philadelphia.

The attack left one of the victims in hospital with a broken jaw and two broken cheekbones.

Knott was initially sentenced to 5-10 months in prison in February – but was granted parole this week after serving the minimum possible time behind bars.

Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Roxanne Covington granted her motion for parole this week, Philadelphia Magazine reports.


Knott’s lawyer William Brennan insisted: “Miss Knott has been an exemplary inmate.

“She completed anger management in a timely, quick fashion. And she elected not to appeal. That speaks volumes to her sincerity.”

At her trial earlier this year, Knott read a statement in an attempt to show her remorse.

Knott said: “I am so sorry to what happened to you both on the night of Sept. 11, 2014.”

“I ask you now for your forgiveness and I hope that you some day will be able to provide it.

“Again, I apologise to you and your families. I wish you nothing but the best.”

However, Mr Haught – who suffered a broken cheekbone and jaw during the attack – told the court that he will “never forget that everyone in that group, including Kathryn Knott, left me the alleyway to die.

Knott was found guilty of simple assault and reckless endangerment in 2014, after refusing to accept a plea bargain offered by the prosecution which saw her two co-defendants avoid prison.

However, the jury also acquitted her of four counts which included aggravated assault on each of the victims.

More: andrew haught, anti-gay attack, Homophobia, kathryn knott, LGBT, US, zachary hasse

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