The husband and wife who stood on their property with weapons after a group of protesters broke down a nearby fence and marched through their private neighborhood have been indicted on Tuesday by a grand jury on felony weapons and evidence tampering charges.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Mark and Patricia McCloskey were indicted on felony charges of unlawful use of a weapon and evidence tampering in indictments which were filed under seal.
The couple, both attorneys were sitting on their patio eating dinner when a group of several hundred protesters ignored no-trespassing signs, broke down a iron gate, and continued through the private neighborhood. Mark McCloskey was armed with an AR-15 first on his patio, but later joined his wife who was on the front yard where she was facing off with the crowd of protesters. In originally live streamed video, protesters are heard threating the McCloskey’s, telling them they will return later to burn the house down, while others said that the home now belonged to them.
Now while it would seem logical that a couple, who owns their home, would be able to protect their home from a group of protesters who just committed a crime. Apparently the democratic DA Kim Gardner felt it was more important to charge these homeowners who were defending their property, versus charging the protesters who all committed a crime.
“Every single human being that was in front of my house was a criminal trespasser. They broke down our gate. They trespassed on our property. Not a single one of those people is now charged with anything. We’re charged with felonies that could cost us four years of our lives and our law licenses,” said Mark McCloskey outside of the courthouse Tuesday morning, before the grand jury returned with the indictment.
The McCloskey’s have received support from the Republican party, and the majority of the country who decides to use their heads, and were also speakers at the Republican National Convention on the first night. Their appearance is below.
While the McCloskey’s are currently facing as many as four years behind bars for these charges, they will likely not face any jailtime as Missouri Governor Mike Parson told Fox News in late July that he will “without a doubt” pardon Mark and Patricia McCloskey if they are convicted.