Philly gaybasher asks for early release days after Orlando shooting

Kathryn Knott

Kathryn Knott AP

The woman sentenced to spend up to ten months behind bars for the notorious 2014 gaybashing incident in Philadelphia could be freed any day now if a judge grants her plea for early release for good behavior — a request filed barely 48 hours after the senseless murder of 49 patrons of a gay club in Orlando, Fla.

Although her earliest scheduled release date is July 8, her lawyer argued she should have been considered for eligible to be sprung June 6. That motion was filed

Disregarding the tacky timing, Kathryn Knott’s attorney reportedly filed a motion stating she hasn’t had any behavioral issues in her four months behind bars. She was sentenced in February to serve between six and ten months, and has been kept in protective custody due to the media attention her case generated. The motion also says she completed a court-ordered anger management class in April, according to Philadelphia magazine.

While families of the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting are grieving their loved ones, it’s reported that the woman punished for her role in a mob beatdown of a Philly gay couple has been getting some lovin’ while in the pokey. A report prepared by a Philadelphia Department of Prisons official, included with the motion for early release, states that Knott has enjoyed visits from her family. Her father is a suburban Philadelphia police chief. She’s also been in touch with her boyfriend, at least twice by phone, according to the report cited by the magazine.

The judge in Knott’s case has so far twice turned down her requests for a “get out of jail free” card; once, before sentencing, she offered to record a public service announcement instead of going behind bars, and in March her attorney argued the sentence imposed was harsh compared to the community service plea deal cut by two fellow defendants. In both cases, the judge has shown no leniency.

 

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