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US St. Louis couple who brandished guns at protesters plead guilty

02:16  18 june  2021
02:16  18 june  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St . Louis , Missouri couple filmed brandishing a rifle and a handgun at angry protesters that broke into their gated community last June, have agreed to pay fines and forfeit their weapons. Her husband Mark pleaded guilty to misdemeanor fourth-degree assault and accepted the 0 fine. The handgun and the rifle that were seized from them will be destroyed, local media reported. McCloskeys make a deal, plead guilty to lesser charge, 4th degree assault, their guns they waved will be destroyed. pic.twitter.com/IkzBZGM0dr.

A gun -toting couple who went viral after pointing guns at Black Lives Matter protesters last year pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges on Thursday. Patricia McCloskey agreed to a charge of harassment and a ,000 (€1,680) fine, while her husband, Mark, was fined 0 for fourth-degree What happened at the BLM march last June? The couple pulled out their guns and confronted Black Lives Matter marchers when they approached their mansion in St . Louis . At the time, the protesters were walking over private property owned by a trust, which is funded by residents of the area.

By Brendan O'Brien

a person standing in front of a building: FILE PHOTO: St. Louis couple brandish firearms at racial justice protesters in June 2020 © Reuters/Lawrence Bryant FILE PHOTO: St. Louis couple brandish firearms at racial justice protesters in June 2020

(Reuters) - A St. Louis, Missouri, couple who drew international attention for brandishing guns at racial justice protesters last year pleaded guilty on Thursday to misdemeanor charges stemming from the incident.

A St. Louis grand jury indicted personal injury lawyers Mark McCloskey, 64, and his wife Patricia McCloskey, 62, on felony unlawful use of a weapon and tampering charges in October, four months after the incident.

On Thursday, Mark McCloskey pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor fourth-degree assault. His wife pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment, also a misdemeanor, online court records showed.

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Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St . Louis couple who brandished guns after protesters allegedly broke through the gates of their private street and threatened to kill them, have been indicted by a grand jury. Jurors agreed to indict the McCloskeys on Tuesday for unlawful use of a weapon and evidence tampering, the St . Louis Post-Dispatch reported, citing the couple 's lawyer. The felony indictments essentially mean that jurors found probable cause that the McCloskeys were guilty of the weapons violations, as charged by St . Louis Circuit Court Attorney Kimberly Gardner in July

The Missouri couple who were recorded last summer brandishing firearms at protesters outside their St . Louis home pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges Thursday as part of a plea deal. Mark and Patricia McCloskey were issued fines and ordered to surrender the firearms they were photographed with to He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of fourth-degree assault and ordered to pay a 0 fine, according to KSDK. Couple Mark and Patricia McCloskey draw guns at protesters in St . Louis on June 28, 2020.Lawrence Bryant / Reuters file. Patricia McCloskey was also initially charged with the

Mark McCloskey was ordered to pay a $750 fine while Patricia McCloskey was ordered to pay $2,000. They were also ordered to turn over the weapons used in the incident.

Videos show the McCloskeys, who are white, shouting at Black and white protesters, who were apparently unarmed, to keep off their property on June 28. Patricia McCloskey pointed a handgun at the crowd while her husband held a semi-automatic weapon.

They have said they were frightened for their lives.

The protests were part of a nationwide wave of demonstrations over police violence against Black people following the May 2020 killing of George Floyd, a Black man, by a white Minneapolis police officer.

In July, then president Donald Trump, a Republican, said charging the couple was an abuse of power. The McCloskeys spoke, from their home, at the Republican National Convention in August. Mark McCloskey announced last month he is running for a U.S. Senate seat in Missouri as a Republican.

Special Prosecutor Richard Callahan said in a statement to local media on Thursday that he approved the plea because of the couple's age, lack of a criminal record and the fact that no one was hurt and no shots were fired.

"The prosecutor dropped every charge except for alleging that I purposely placed other people in imminent risk of physical injury, right, and I sure as heck did," Mark McCloskey said after the court hearing. "That's what the guns were there for and I'd do it again any time the mob approaches me."

(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Chicago; Editing by Matthew Lewis)

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