On Thursday, Mark and Patricia McCloskey, of St. Louis, Missouri, who went viral after confronting Black Lives Matter protesters on their lawn, pleaded guilty to misdemeanors and agreed to turn over their personal weapons to St. Louis authorities.
According to the Daily Wire:
“Mark McCloskey pleaded guilty to a count of fourth-degree assault, which was filed in court Thursday and is a Class C misdemeanor. He was originally charged with unlawful use of a weapon and tampering with physical evidence — both felony charges,” a St. Louis NBC affiliate reported Thursday afternoon.
“Patricia McCloskey pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment, which is a Class A misdemeanor charge that was filed last month when a count of tampering with physical evidence was removed. She also was originally charged with unlawful use of a weapon and tampering with physical evidence,” the outlet noted.
Mark McCloskey has been ordered to pay $750 in fines, and Patricia McCloskey has been ordered to pay $2,000 in fines and $10 to the St. Louis crime victims fund. The pair were also ordered to turn over the two weapons they were pictured holding in a confrontation that went viral last year. The couple’s lawyer asked that the guns either be destroyed or rendered ineffective and sold to a collector as a historical artifact.
The judge denied that request.
Mark McCloskey is seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, which is being vacated by current Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) at the end of his term.