Missouri judge rules McCloskeys not entitled to get guns back, fines waived after pardon
A Missouri judge ruled this week that Mark and Patricia McCloskey were barred from having their guns returned or their fines returned because they were pardoned by the governor after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges. ‘last year.
The McCloskeys pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault and second-degree harassment, two misdemeanors, related to a standoff with protesters in 2020.
The couple brandished guns at Black Lives Matter protesters who entered a private road outside their home in June 2020.
Mark McCloskey filed a lawsuit last year in which he alleged the couple were entitled to the Colt AR-15 rifle and a Bryco .380 caliber which they were forced to return after their plea deal and the some $2,750 which they were ordered to pay.
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The couple were pardoned by Missouri Governor Mike Parson, a Republican, after pleading guilty.
Circuit Judge Joan Moriarty ruled Wednesday that the pardon had no bearing on the plea deal.
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« Plaintiff and his wife are obligated to uphold their end of the bargain, » she wrote.
The McCloskeys were originally charged with felony weapons.
They said they felt threatened by the protesters.
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« There was no evidence that any of them had a weapon and no one I interviewed realized they had ventured into a private enclave, » prosecutor Richard Callahan said. special who investigated the case, about the protesters in a press release.