In a strange and apparently largely symbolic decision, a St. Louis couple who rocketed to fame after brandishing weapons at Black Lives Matter protesters marching past their house have agreed to be fined and give up the weapons they were carrying.
However, the couple, who are both lawyers, will keep their law licenses and are still allowed to buy replacement guns, reports DailyMail.com.
Patricia McCloskey pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment and was fined $2,000 at a June 17 hearing in downtown St. Louis. Mark McCloskey pleaded guilty to misdemeanor fourth-degree assault and was fined $750.
The McCloskeys admitted to a judge that their actions had put peaceful protesters at risk of serious injury.
In many cities, Black Lives Matter protest gatherings have led to violence, arson, property destruction, looting and injuries.
And the couple’s tone changed after they left court, with Mark McCloskey telling reporters “I”d do it again” and warning that he poses an “imminent threat of physical injury” to “the mob.”
The exposure led to Mark McCloskey speaking at August’s Republican National Convention in support of Donald Trump, and he is now running for U.S. Senate.
Neither of the McCloskeys will face jail time. They agreed to have their weapons destroyed, but first asked that they be donated to a museum of historical artifacts.
The hearing before Judge David Mason was orderly and calm.