Crime Mark and Patricia McCloskey Plead Guilty to Misdemeanors After Brandishing Guns Outside St. Louis Mansion
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Mark McCloskey and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis couple who pointed guns at protesters outside their mansion in a gated St. Louis community last summer, on Thursday pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges, according to areleased by special prosecutor Richard G. Callahan.
Mark McCloskey, a lawyer, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault, a Class C misdemeanor, and was ordered to pay a $750 fine.
“[H]e purposefully placed at least one individual in apprehension of immediate physical injury by waiving a rifle in the direction of one or more individuals in front of his home,” Callahan’s statement said.
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Patricia McCloskey pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment, a Class A misdemeanor, and was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine, the statement.
“That charge alleges that on June 20, 2020, she pointed a pistol at a group of individuals in front of her home without good cause and with the purpose to cause emotional distress,” Callahan’s statement explained.
“The couple also agreed to forfeit both weapons they used when they confronted several hundred protesters who were marching in front of their home in June of last year,” the Associated Press.
The charges are a significant step down from the original accusations prosecutors lodged against the couple.
Both of the McCloskeys were originally charged with two felonies each: unlawful use of a weapon and tampering with physical evidence. They pleaded not guilty to those original charges and were scheduled to go to trial in November, local NBC affiliate KSDK-TV.
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“The McCloskeys’ lawyer also had asked for the guns to be destroyed, rendered ineffective and then given to a charity for auction as historic artifacts,” KSDK said. “The judge denied the request.”
Statement from special prosecutor Richard Callahan regarding guilty pleas today for Marc and Patricia McCloskey.
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