The St. Louis couple who gained attention for guns pointed at protesters agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor counts on Thursday, but the guy exited the courthouse boldly promising to “do it again” if confronted with the same scenario.
They were each ordered to pay the maximum fines of $750 and $2,000, respectively. As a stipulation of their pleas, the guns they wielded will be obliterated.
When hundreds of protesters marched near their house in June 2020, the pair brandished firearms at them. They said the protestors were infringing on their property and that they worried for their wellbeing.
Patricia McCloskey emerged from her home with an AR-15 weapon, while Mark McCloskey appeared with a semiautomatic weapon. The confrontation was caught on cell phone video.
Mark McCloskey, who announced his campaign for a U.S. Senate seat in Missouri in May, was unapologetic during the hearing.