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Philly hate attack: Kathryn Knott wants a new sentence

Kathryn Knott is asking for a change to last week’s sentence of five-to-ten months in jail for her involvement in an attack on a gay couple in Philadelphia in 2014.

The Philly Voice reports that Bill Brennan, Knott’s new attorney, has asked the court to consider a re-sentencing hearing.

He claims his client “has learned a lot in the 18 months.”

After three days of jury deliberations, Knott — the daughter of a police chief — was eventually convicted of simple assault, reckless endangerment, and conspiracy to commit simple assault.

Two co-defendants both pleaded guilty, receiving probation for their involvement in the attack. Knott made the decision to go to trial, refusing the plea deal.

Brennan wants a more “rehabilitative” punishment for Knott, who was ultimately sentenced to two years of probation, a $2,000 fine, and anger management classes.

“Frankly, my client will be out in a few months either way,” Brennan said. “It’s to establish dialogue with the community and begin to heal the wounds with the victims, the community and the city.”

“She’s learned that words and actions have a much more far-reaching impact and effect than she ever thought possible. She learned that your life can change on a dime. I think, rather than warehouse her in jail for a few months and that be the end of it, perhaps some community service or a public service announcement might be more proactive and productive in addressing the larger issues that this case dealt with.”

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