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Patricia and Mark McCloskey speaking at the 2020 Republican National Convention. Photo: Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via Getty Images

The St. Louis couple who pointed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters from their lawn of the St. Louis mansion last July, pled guilty Thursday to one count of fourth-degree assault as part of a plea deal, reports local NBC affiliate KSDK.

Why it matters: Mark McCloskey launched his bid for Missouri's Senate seat last month. Thursday's plea deal will not interfere with his campaign.

Flashback: Mark and Patricia McCloskey were both indicted last October on charges of unlawful use of a weapon and tampering with evidence.

  • They previously pleaded not guilty and were due to stand trial this November.
  • In May, the charge of tampering with evidence against Patricia McCloskey was dropped, per KSDK.

The big picture: As part of the plea deal, the "more serious charges of unlawful use of a weapon were tossed out," KMOX reports.

  • Patricia McCloskey pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment and was fined $2,000, per KSDK.
  • Mark McCloskey pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor, and was fined $750.
  • Both McCloskeys were originally charged with unlawful use of a weapon and tampering with physical evidence, both felonies.
  • They also both agreed to forfeit their guns.

What they're saying: Special Prosecutor Richard Callahan said he took into consideration "the age and lack of a criminal record for the McCloskeys, the fact they initially called the police and the fact that no one was hurt and no shots were fired," before accepting the plea deal.

"It's a good day," said Mark McCloskey as he left the courthouse Thursday.

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Former Giuliani associate pleads guilty in campaign finance case

Igor Fruman at a federal court in New York City in October 2019. Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

A former associate of Rudy Giuliani pleaded guilty to soliciting campaign contributions from a foreign national on Friday, almost two years after being charged with campaign finance violations, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Igor Fruman's plea may put pressure on Giuliani, who is the subject of an ongoing federal criminal investigation into his dealing in Ukraine, which Furman assisted with.

Republican-led Pennsylvania court deems mail-in voting law unconstitutional

Workers count ballots for the 2020 Presidential election at the Philadelphia Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Nov. 3, 2020. Photo: Hannah Yoon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A Republican-led Pennsylvania court on Friday ruled that the state's mail-in voting law is unconstitutional.

Driving the news: Three Republican judges sided with Republican challengers and ruled that no-excuse mail-in voting is prohibited under the state's constitution. Two Democrats on the panel dissented.

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China's ambassador warns Taiwan could spark "military conflict" with U.S.

Photo: Liu Jie/Xinhua via Getty Images

China's ambassador to the U.S. warned in a rare interview with NPR that if Taiwanese authorities "keep going down the road for independence," it would "most likely" lead to a "military conflict" between the U.S. and China.

Why it matters: Chinese officials rarely speak in such blunt terms, but veteran diplomat Qin Gang was unequivocal: "The Taiwan issue is the biggest tinderbox between China and the United States."