Couple Who Pointed Guns at Protesters Plead Guilty | 22 Words

The couple who pointed guns at protesters in front of their mansion have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges.

Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the couple who pointed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters in front of their home, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges this week.

They were originally facing felony charges.

A video of the couple waving guns at Black Lives Matter protestors outside their home in St Louis went viral last year.

Mark McCloskey can be seen in the video holding an AR-15 rifle while Patricia holds a handgun.

Demonstrators passing their home were protesting then-Mayor Lyda Krewson's decision to publish the names and addresses of people in favor of police reform.

The couples original felony charges were changed when a judge appointed a special prosecutor to the case.

In a statement to BuzzFeed News, Mark McCloskey confirmed they had pleaded guilty to the lesser charges as part of a plea agreement.

According to a statement handed to reporters by the special prosecutor in the case, Richard Callahan, Mark McCloskey pleaded guilty to assault in the fourth degree and Patricia McCloskey pleaded guilty to harassment in the second degree.

CNN also reports that the pair agreed to surrender their handgun and semi-automatic rifle and will have to pay fines of $750 and $2,000.

Callahan's, the special prosecutor in the case, decision to offer the lesser charges took into consideration the couple's ages and their lack of criminal record.

Deciding factors also include the fact that they called police before walking out armed and no one was hurt nor no shots were fired.

As per BuzzFeed News, McCloskey, who with his wife, used the incident to launch themselves into the political spotlight, claimed he will "never back down" in a statement.

"One year ago, an angry mob crashed through my gate, and threatened my wife, my family, and my home," it read.

"And any time the mob comes and threatens me, I'll do the same thing again to protect my family."

Last month, Mark McCloskey announced a run for U.S Senate.