The famous standoff between the gun-toting McCloskey family and Black Lives Matter activists in St. Louis has ended in a misdemeanor plea deal.
Mark and Patricia McCloskey will give up the weapons that made national headlines last summer and pay nearly $3,000 in fines.
Mr. McCloskey pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault, while his wife pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment. Neither will face jail time.
“I’d do it again anytime the mob approaches me,” Mr. McCloskey told reporters outside a St. Louis courthouse Thursday. “I’ll do what I can to place them in imminent threat of physical injury because that’s what kept them from destroying my house and my family.”
“They are very happy with the disposition of the case and will have the fine paid as early as possible and look forward with moving on with their life and focusing on his campaign for the U.S. Senate,” added Joel J. Schwartz, a lawyer for the family, regarding the June 28, 2020, incident.
The deal comes in conjunction with Mr. McCloskey’s campaign for a U.S. Senate seat in Missouri.
“I watched the city burn,” the homeowner told CNN in July 2020. “I watched the 7-Eleven get smashed in, looted and burned for 40 minutes on live television with nobody showing up to do anything. I realized at that time, we’re on our own. When bad things happen, they unpredictably turn real bad, real fast. That same night, retired St. Louis police captain David Doran was murdered. These things get very bad very quickly. When those people came through the gate, when it was a mob, I didn’t take the time to see their birth certificates or anything else, I was defending my — my house, my life, my wife and what I spent 32 years building there.”
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