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Men who beat gay couple sentenced to do community service for LGBT community

By Mason White 5:04 PM October 19, 2015
Kevin Harrigan, Kathryn Knott, and Philip Williams 

By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) Two men who were arrested for beating gay men, will not go to prison after the victims asked the judge not to jail them.

The gay couple from Pennsylvania, had asked the judge to spare the two men from jail after they were assaulted in an attack that caused a broken jaw.

Kevin Harrigan, 26, and Philip Williams, 24, admitted to the attack and have pleaded guilty to charges of assault and conspiracy.

However, they claim that the attack was not motivated by hate, but rather the group got into a screaming match, which turned violent.

The victims, Andy Haught and Zachary Hesse, told the court that both men were part of a group shouting homophobic insults at them before the attack.

After Williams and Harrigan accepted their plea deals, the victims asked the judge to avoid excessive punishment and instead send a positive message about tolerance and understanding.

As a result, the attackers avoid jail. District Attorney Seth Williams said: “Today’s agreement is definitely about justice, but also about honoring the wishes of the victims to ensure that they can continue to heal and gain closure.”

Williams and Harrigan were banned from going to downtown Philadelphia, where the attack occurred. They will also be required to pay $1,000 restitution and perform 200 hours of community service for the LGBT community.

While Williams and Harrigan accepted a plea agreement, a third defendant, Kathryn Knott did not. She decided to go to trial.

Knott is the daughter of Bucks County Police Chief Karl Knott. She has caused an uproar after she wrote on Twitter that her father allowed her to ride along in his police cruiser and she helped him knock down the door to an apartment of a criminal.

Knott was also fired from her job as a technician at the Abington Health’s Lansdale Hospital, after she posted what appeared to be pictures of patient x-rays to her Twitter account.