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Missouri governor pardons gun-waving St. Louis lawyer couple

Mark McCloskey, Patricia McCloskey
Posted at 4:26 PM, Aug 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-03 18:26:30-04

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has made good on his promise to pardon a couple who gained notoriety for pointing guns at social justice demonstrators as they marched past the couple's home last year.

The Republican governor announced Tuesday that he pardoned Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges in June.

The McCloskeys said they felt threatened by the protesters, who were passing their home in June 2020 on their way to demonstrate in front of the mayor's house nearby.

The couple, both lawyers, said the group was trespassing on a private street, the Associated Press reported.

Mark McCloskey emerged from his home holding an AR-15-style rifle in a now-infamous photo, while Patricia McCloskey waved a semiautomatic pistol.

A grand jury indicted the couple on felony charges of the unlawful use of a weapon.

A special prosecutor said his investigation found no evidence that any of the protesters had weapons.