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McCloskeys plead guilty to lesser charges

Patricia McCloskey, left, and her husband Mark McCloskey leave a court in St. Louis, Thursday, June 17, 2021. The St. Louis couple who gained notoriety for pointing guns at social justice demonstrators last year has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges. Patricia McCloskey pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor harassment and was fined $2,000. Her husband, Mark McCloskey, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor fourth degree assault and was fined $750. The couple also agreed to forfeit both weapons they used when they confronted protesters in front of their home in June of last year. (AP Photo/Jim Salter)

Patricia McCloskey, left, and her husband Mark McCloskey leave a court in St. Louis, Thursday, June 17, 2021. The St. Louis couple who gained notoriety for pointing guns at social justice demonstrators last year has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges. Patricia McCloskey pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor harassment and was fined $2,000. Her husband, Mark McCloskey, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor fourth degree assault and was fined $750. The couple also agreed to forfeit both weapons they used when they confronted protesters in front of their home in June of last year. (AP Photo/Jim Salter)

Patricia McCloskey, left, and her husband Mark McCloskey leave a court in St. Louis, Thursday, June 17, 2021. The St. Louis couple who gained notoriety for pointing guns at BLM protesters last year has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges. . (AP Photo/Jim Salter)

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UPDATED 9:24 AM PT – Friday, June 18, 2021

The Missouri couple who garnered nationwide attention for defending their home from protesters during last year’s Black Lives Matter protests plead guilty to misdemeanor charges. On Thursday, Mark and Patricia McCloskey plead guilty to fourth-degree assault and misdemeanor harassment respectively.

The couple was forced to hand over the weapons they held while facing the crowd and those weapons will be destroyed. They were also sentenced to pay the maximum fines, owing $2,750 in total.

In a statement following the hearing, McCloskey said he was happy with the outcome.

“Any time the mob comes and threatens me, I’ll do the same thing again to protect my family,” he stated. “I will never back down to the liberal mob in the Senate and I will always stand strong for Missouri.”

Though the charges are misdemeanors, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) is reportedly considering pardons for the couple.

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