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Mark and Patricia McCloskey plead guilty to misdemeanors

“Any time the mob approaches me, I’ll do what I can to put them in imminent threat of physical injury because that's what kept them from destroying my house and my family," the Senate candidate said.

Updated: June 17, 2021 - 5:20pm

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Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the husband and wife who pointed firearms at demonstrators who marched by their home last year, pleaded guilty on Thursday to misdemeanor charges and consented to give up the guns they used during the episode.

The Associated Press reported that Patricia McCloskey pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment and was fined $2,000, while her spouse, who last month announced a U.S. Senate bid, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor fourth-degree assault and was fined $750.

During the hearing when the judge inquired whether Mark McCloskey recognized that his behavior placed people at risk of personal injury, McCloskey said, "I sure did your honor."

McCloskey stands by his actions: "I'd do it again," the candidate said from the courthouse steps following the hearing, according to the AP. "Any time the mob approaches me, I'll do what I can to put them in imminent threat of physical injury because that's what kept them from destroying my house and my family."

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