Philly gaybasher Kathryn Knott released on parole

Kathryn Knott walks from the criminal justice center Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, in Philadelphia. Knott is charged with taking part in a violent attack on a gay couple.

Kathryn Knott walks from the criminal justice center Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, in Philadelphia. Knott is charged with taking part in a violent attack on a gay couple. AP Photo/Matt Rourke

Convicted gaybasher Kathryn Knott was granted parole in the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court this morning. Knott’s earliest possible release date was July 8.

Knott, who was sentenced to 5-10 months in jail for her part in an attack on a gay couple in Philly’s gay neighborhood, had previously tried to argue that she should be able to record a public service announcement instead of serving time in lockup. Her request was denied.

Later, Knott’s lawyers argued that she should get her sentence reduced for good behavior. That too was denied.

“Miss Knott has been an exemplary inmate,” her attorney told the judge according to Philadelphia Magazine. “She completed anger management in a timely, quick fashion. And she elected not to appeal. That speaks volumes to her sincerity.”

The prosecution did not object to her request for parole, saying the victims had been notified and hadn’t lodged any objections. According to jail officials, she was a model prisoner.

Knott’s co-defendants,Kevin Harrigan and Philip Williams, accepted plea deals for their role in the attack on Zachary Hesse and Andrew Haught in 2014.

She will be on probation for two years and must pay a $2,000 fine. While on probation, Knott is forbidden from entering Philadelphia unless it is on official court business. She currently faces two civil lawsuits stemming from the attack as well.

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