Mark and Patricia McCloskey made plenty of waves last year when pictures of the St. Louis couple defending their home went viral. At the time, Black Lives Matters protestors had decended on the couple’s neighborhood and broke through a gate. The McCloskey’s feared for their safety.
The story became highly publicized when St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner brought felony charges against the McCloskeys. A judge pulled the case from Gardner and appointed special prosecutor, former U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan, to handle the case.
The McCloskeys reached a plea deal with Callahan last week. According to KSDK-TV, the special prosecutor “took several factors into consideration, including ‘the age and lack of a criminal record for the McCloskeys, the fact they initially called the police and the fact that no one was hurt and no shots were fired.'”
Mark pleaded guilty to one count of fourth-degree assault, which is a Class C misdemeanor. He was ordered to pay a $750 fine. Patricia pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree harassment, which is a Class A misdemeanor. She was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine and $10 to the crime victims fund.
After the deal was finalized, Mark – who is running for the Republican nomination to fill the U.S. Senate seat that will be vacant when Roy Blunt (R) retires – released a campaign video defending his decision to rely on firearms to protect himself and his family.
“One year ago, an angry mob crashed through my gate and threatened my wife, my family, and my home. The prosecutor dropped all charges against me except for a claim that I put other people in ‘imminent fear’ of physical harm,” he said in the video. “That’s exactly what I did, that’s what guns are for. And any time the mob comes and threatens me, I’ll do the same to protect my family.”
A year ago, the mob came to my door to attack my family— I backed them down
The mob came for me, the media attacked me & prosecutors tried to punish me for defending my family
They dropped all charges, except for a claim I instilled “imminent fear” in the mob
I’d do it again. pic.twitter.com/ECPsSwa2Iw
— Mark McCloskey (@mccloskeyusa) June 17, 2021
The couple was ordered to turn over the AR-15 and handgun that were seen in the viral photos. The state then destroyed the firearms.
But while the McCloskeys lost their guns, they didn’t lose their gun rights. Two days after the deal was finalized, though, the couple went out and purchased a new AR-15…and tweeted photos of the new rifle.
— Mark McCloskey (@mccloskeyusa) June 19, 2021
Let’s see what type of handgun Patricia decides to purchase.