Knott: Jail Sentence Feels Like “Brutal, Senseless Assault”

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Speaking through tears after being sentenced to 5-10 months in prison for assaulting a homosexual couple in Center City Philadelphia, Kathryn Knott told reporters that she felt like she had been “brutally and senselessly beaten for no good reason at all.”

Knott, 25, of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, was given the prison sentence by Common Pleas Court Judge Roxanne Covington Monday afternoon. The sentence also includes two years of probation and a $2,000 fine.

“It feels like the judge, jury, and prosecutor just ganged up and beat me silly, and I just can’t figure out why,” Knott said at the conclusion of the hearings.

“They don’t know me. They only know this one thing about me, and they used to to just blindside me,” she added.

Knott was convicted of simple assault, conspiracy, and two counts of reckless endangerment in December. The convictions stem from an September 11, 2014 incident in which Knott and others unleashed a brutal physical assault on Andrew Haught and Zachary Hesse – a gay couple.

During Knott’s trial, the jury heard testimony that she struck Hesse while shouting homophobic slurs. After the attack, Knott and a group of about 15 others left the couple on the side of the road, bleeding profusely without any form of medical assistance.

“All I want to do is live my life feeling like a normal person. I just want to walk the streets and feel alright about it. And after the judge’s attack today, I won’t be able to do that,” Knott said.

Knott’s two co-defendants both accepted plea deals before their matters reached the trial stage. The deals included a term of probation as well as other special conditions. Knott rejected a similar offer, choosing instead to face trial, where she ran the risk of being sentenced to a term of incarceration.

The jail sentence falls outside the sentencing guidelines for a first time offender. However, Judge Covington stated that she took into consideration the damage done to the LGBT community in Philadelphia, and the harm suffered by the victims.

“It’s just so cruel and heartless. 12 jurors, a judge, and the District Attorneys just blindsided me like that and then walked away. 15 people, just going on with their days and leaving me there. Sometimes this world is just a terrible, terrible place,” Knott said.