Philly Hate Crime Convict Kathryn Knott Released From Jail After Only 5 Months
It’s not as if though we needed more evidence that we currently live in an unjust world, but here you are: Kathryn Knott has just been released from jail after serving a mere five months for her part in a brutal 2014 assault against two gay men in Philadelphia.
The attack resulted in one victim being hospitalized with a broken jaw and two broken cheekbones.
The original sentence, issued in February, had been 5-10 months in jail — but Philly Mag reports Knott was just granted parole after serving the shortest possible sentence.
Her motion for parole was granted by Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge Roxanne Covington.
William Brennan, her lawyer, issued the following limp statement:
“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.”
Knott herself issued a statement upon her conviction in an attempt to drum up sympathy:
“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 apologize to you and your families. I wish you nothing but the best.”
At the time, Andrew Haught, the man who suffered the injuries to his cheekbones and jaw, didn’t accept her apology.
Pointedly, he said, “I’ll never forget that everyone in that group, including Kathryn Knott, left me the alleyway to die.”
It should be noted that Knott’s father is Chalfont, Pennsylvania’s police chief, Karl Knott
I'm not at all surprised. I was assaulted 10 years ago by two guys and a girl. I was riding a scooter through a parking lot and as I passed their group one of the guys hit me across the face with a tire iron, knocking me over with the bike on top of me. Then the guys proceeded to continue hitting, kicking, and beating me with the tire iron. As the girl shouted encouragement. I managed to get go my feet and fight the guys of for a but, then the girl pulled a pistol (Glock G22 .40 cal), pointed it at my head and tried to fire it. Stupid bitch didn't chamber a round first and not knowing that Glocks have no external safety, hit the magazine release dropping it to the ground. When the gun failed to fire, she settled on pistol whipping me while the two guys held me down. I suffered an orbital socket fracture and knee injuries that plague me to this day.
Their sentences? Both guys were already on parole for other crimes. They each got another 6 months added jail sentence. And the girl got time served, less than 4 months and 18 months probation.
Despite the laundry list of charges against them
Assault and battery
Assault with intent to commit bodily harm
Assault with a deadly weapon
Armed robbery (They stole my scooter)
Possession of a firearm by a felon
Use of a firearm during the commission of a felony
The prosecutor decided to go for an easy win and let them all plead down to a simple misdemeanor assault charge. And since the guys were already on parole, they were able to waive trial and go directly to jail, the girl was a minor (17) and her trial was a closed hearing. I was never given an opportunity to speak at or even attend any of these hearings....
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I think we'd all like to think that could not happen today. And then .... we see the outcome of the philly case. The guys basically got off simply for pleading guilty, and the one who insisted on fighting, on dragging the victims through a horrible ordeal, is given the most lenient possible sentence.
It definitely does not feel like justice to me.
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that is one remarkable ordeal you sadly endured, so sorry to read your story, and magnified by the injustice of the light sentence (which we all know encourages rather than punishes criminal behavior)
and then the odd twist of fate, where justice will not be denied in the end
I had to consult UrbanDictionary to discover what "shanked" meant (stabbed with a make-shift knife, such as in prison)
so the guy who got shanked, does his future life shitting in a bag derive from getting ass raped in prison, or shanked, or what. just wondering since you mentioned it.
also - how do these kinds of stories leak from prison out to the public, isn't what happens in prison off limits to the news media ?
thanks, hope your recovery and condition improve
The shoved the "shiv" (makeshift knife) up his ass. Yeah, he really pissed someone off.
As for how I know what happened to him, well...
When someone tries to kill you, you keep tabs on them. Also when a violent offender is released, often times the DOC will notify the victims in advance. In this case, he was given early release on "compassion" basis, so I was informed as to the terms of his release.
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