The Couple Who Pointed Guns At Protesters In Front Of Their Mansion Pleaded Guilty To Misdemeanor Charges

The couple will have to surrender their weapons to authorities so they can be destroyed.

6/18/2021 12:30:00 AM

The couple will have to surrender their weapons to authorities so they can be destroyed.

The couple will have to surrender their weapons to authorities so they can be destroyed.

Mark and Patricia McCloskey leave following a court hearing Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in St. Louis.Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the white St. Louis couple who were seen waving guns at Black Lives Matter protesters outside their home, pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor charges.

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The couple, who are attorneys and have used last year's viral moment to launch themselves into the national political spotlight, were initially facing felony charges. On May 17, however, a judge appointed a special prosecutor to the case. Then, on Thursday, the couple pleaded to the lesser charges as part of a plea agreement, Mark McCloskey confirmed in a statement to BuzzFeed News.

Under the agreement, Mark McCloskey pleaded guilty to assault in the fourth degree and Patricia McCloskey pleaded guilty to harassment in the second degree, according to astatementhanded to reporters by the special prosecutor in the case, Richard Callahan.

The couple must pay fines of $750 and $2,000 and hand over their weapons to state officials so they can be destroyed."This particular resolution of these two cases represents my best judgement of an appropriate and fair disposition for the parties involved as well as the public good," Callahan said in the statement.

Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/Tribune News Service via Getty ImagesArmed homeowners Mark and Patricia McCloskey stand in front of their house as they confront protesters on June 28, 2020.The special prosecutor was assigned after the local circuit attorney, who originally charged the couple, referenced the case in her campaign materials.

As part of Callahan's decision to offer the lesser charges, the special prosecutor considered the couple's ages, their lack of criminal record, the fact that they called police before walking out armed to confront the crowd, and the fact no one was hurt and no shots were fired.

Since the June 28, 2020, incident, the McCloskeys have spoken out via a variety of conservative news outlets and were featured speakers at the 2020 Republican National Convention. Mark McCloskey has launched a campaign to represent Missouri in the US Senate.

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The couple have claimed in numerous interviews they felt threatened by the peaceful demonstrators who were walking in front of their home.Mark McCloskey's Senate campaign has been mostly centered on the incident, using the slogan"I will never back down." On his campaign website, the attorney also claims that he"stood up to the mob."

Laurie Skrivan / APIn his statement, which was distributed by his Senate campaign, McCloskey characterized Thursday's criminal conviction as a victory and also mischaracterized the circumstances around the case."One year ago, an angry mob crashed through my gate, and threatened my wife, my family, and my home," the statement read, in direct contradiction to the viral photographs of the incident as well as the special prosecutor's description of it.

The protesters, Callahan pointed out, were a peaceful group that included women and children and had"made a wrong turn on their way to protest in front of the mayor's house.""There was no evidence that any of them had a weapon and no one I interviewed realized they had ventured into a private enclave," the prosecutor said, noting the protesters followed the directions of a security guard.

McCloskey also acknowledged that he and his wife brandished the guns to"put other people in imminent fear of physical harm.""That's exactly what I did, that's what the guns were for," the statement read."And any time the mob comes and threatens me, I'll do the same thing again to protect my family."

Officials have said McCloskey and his family were not threatened, although the statement noted,"there was back and forth conversation that resulted from the McCloskey's display of guns."Callahan also said he did not take into account reports that

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has considered pardoningthe couple as part of his decision to offer lesser charges in the plea agreement.Joel Schwartz, the attorney representing the couple in court, told BuzzFeed News they are ready to move on."They are very happy with the outcome of the case and they're ready to move past this and move on with their lives," Schwartz said."He will pay his $750 fine and move on."

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California misdemeanor: theft of $950 worth of property. Missouri misdemeanor: defending one’s property. Misdemeanor charge White privilege at its best as anyone of colour would have been a felony charge and jail time. But at least they have to surrender the guns, The protestors were simply walking by their home, if they had stayed in their home none of this would have happened but they chose to act like a couple of psychos and went outside waving guns around. They should never be allowed to own guns again and should get psychiatric help.

That’s awesome 👏 The couple will be destroyed. Justice!

St. Louis couple who flashed guns at protesters plead guilty to misdemeanors, forfeit firearmsMissouri couple who were recorded last summer brandishing firearms at protesters outside their St. Louis home plead guilty to misdemeanor charges as part of a plea deal. Uhhh , isn’t he running for Senate? If a black couple was point guns at a bunch of white kids could you imagine? Well we already know police would have showed and shot them dead. But imagine anyway....

St. Louis couple who flashed guns at protesters plead guilty, surrender firearmsMark and Patricia McCloskey were charged with felonies last year after they were recorded brandishing guns at protesters and previously pleaded not guilty. And will get a pardon from the Gov in five minutes Even locals might miss Lyda Krewson walking down the street. Nelly and GunCouple are stl avatar now.

Gun-Waving St. Louis Couple Pleads Guilty To Misdemeanor Assault ChargesMark McCloskey was fined $750 and wife Patricia was fined $2000 for pointing guns at social justice demonstrators last year.

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Gun-Waving St. Louis Couple Pleads Guilty To Misdemeanor Assault ChargesMark McCloskey was fined $750 and wife Patricia was fined $2000 for pointing guns at social justice demonstrators last year. And now he’s running for office just what the 'forefathers' and the 2nd A meant and were intended for right? Broadsword_6 I get up in the morning ,get down on my knees and say ;thank you god that I'm not a republican. No wonder they're all pissed off and ugly .If I was a republican ,I would be pissed off an ugly to, I imagine .

St. Louis gun-waving couple pleads guilty to misdemeanorsST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis couple who gained notoriety for pointing guns at social justice demonstrators last year pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor charges and agreed to give up the weapons they used during the confrontation. BUT YOU CAN'T MAKE US FORFEIT DAY-DRINKING Thoughts and prayers.