As part of a plea agreement, a St. Louis couple who pointed guns at protesters has agreed to give up their firearms.
As part of a guilty plea, a St. Louis couple who brandished guns at hundreds of social justice protestors outside their home last June agreed to give up the handguns they waved.
As a result of the incident, Patricia McCloskey pled guilty to misdemeanor harassment on Thursday, while her husband Mark McCloskey, who is running for the Missouri Senate as a Republican, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor fourth-degree assault, according to the Associated Press. The McCloskeys are both lawyers.
After the hearing, Mark McCloskey said, “I’d do it again.” “Whenever the mob comes near me, I’ll do everything I can to put them in danger of physical harm because that’s what saved them from destroying my house and my family.”
The couple said they were trespassing and pointing weapons at the demonstrators out of fear. They will not lose their legal licenses, but they will each be fined $2,750.
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Patricia McCloskey was fined $2,000 for her actions. Mark McCloskey was fined $750 for his actions.
During Thursday’s hearing, the McCloskeys, both in their 60s, wore blue blazers and answered Judge David Mason’s inquiries calmly. Mason questioned Mark McCloskey about his acknowledgement that his actions put others in danger. “I certainly did your honor,” he said.
Mark McCloskey, who launched his candidacy for the United States Senate in Missouri in May, was unapologetic following the hearing.
The McCloskeys’ defense lawyer, Joel Schwartz, said after the hearing the couple had hoped to raise money by donating Mark’s rifle to charity, but acknowledged that it was an unusual request.
Because the charges are misdemeanors, the McCloskeys do not face the possibility of losing their law licenses and can continue to own firearms.
“This particular resolution of these two cases represents my best judgment of an appropriate and fair disposition for the parties involved as well as the public good,” special prosecutor Richard Callahan said after the hearing
The protesters, Callahan said, “were a racially mixed and peaceful group, including women and children, who simply 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. This is a brief summary.