Two men who beat gay couple banned from downtown Philadelphia; no jail time

Two men accused of beating a gay couple on a Philadelphia street last year must stay out of downtown under a plea agreement that spares them prison time.

Philip Williams and Kevin Harrigan apologized as they pleaded guilty Thursday to assault and conspiracy charges. The 24-year-old Williams and 26-year-old Harrigan say the attack wasn’t motivated by the couple’s sexual orientation.

Harrigan was accused of using slurs to ask if the couple were gay. Zachary Hesse was then punched in the face; Andy Haught suffered a broken jaw and cheekbones.

Williams was banned from downtown Philadelphia for five years while on probation. Harrigan’s ban is three years. Each will have to perform 200 hours of community service at an LGBT center.

A third defendant says she’ll go to trial.

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