Judge won't reduce jail term for daughter of police chief's role in gay attack

Kathryn Knott, police chief's daughter who committed an anti-LGBT hate crime. (Facebook Photo)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia judge has refused to cut a jail sentence imposed on a suburban police chief's daughter in a group attack on a gay couple.

Kathryn Knott will continue to serve a five- to 10-month jail term in a case that prompted the city to add sexual orientation to its hate crime laws.

Common Pleas Judge Roxanne Covington says the term is not excessive considering the injuries to both the victims and the city's image.

The 25-year-old Knott has been in jail for just over a month.

Defense lawyer William J. Brennan says Knott deserves the probation that her two male co-defendants received.

But Covington says she declined that plea offer and went to trial.

She found "a complete disconnect" between Knott's statements and the severity of the 2014 crime.

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