2 Plead Guilty, Receive No Jail Time In Philadelphia Gay Bashing Case

What can you say to this.


Two men entered guilty pleas and were sentenced Thursday in the beating of a gay couple in Center City Philadelphia.

24-year-old Philip Williams pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and conspiracy, while 26-year-old Kevin Harrigan pleaded guilty to simple assault and conspiracy.

Williams was sentenced to five years probation, while Harrigan was sentenced to three years probation. Both will also have to perform 200 hours of community service at an LGBT facility.

They also cannot enter Center City during their probation.

The third person charged, 24-year-old Kathryn Knott, will head to trial. – 6abc.com


The attack happened at 16th and Chancellor streets in September, 2014.

One accuser said Harrigan used slurs to ask if he and his partner were gay. Zachary Hesse said he was then punched in the face. Andy Haught had a broken jaw and cheekbones.

Williams and Harrigan said the attack wasn't motivated by the victims' sexual orientation.

The plea deal was at the wish of the victims, according to the district attorney's office. The victims said they felt safe in Center City before the attack. – 6abc.com

But what do you expect from a city that doesn't have hate crime laws that include sexual orientation?

What do you think?