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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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An underwater view of swimmers including Team USA's Caeleb Dressel (R) in the final of the Olympic Tokyo Games men's 100m freestyle on July 29. Photo: François-Xavier Marit/AFP via Getty Images

There's been plenty of Olympics drama on day six of the Tokyo Games Thursday — notably China's women's swimming team beating the U.S. and Australia in the record-setting 4x200-meter freestyle relay.

The big picture: Katie Ledecky helped the U.S. win silver, which also beat the previous world record smashed by China's team. Team USA grabbed two more swimming gold medals, when Caeleb Dressel won the men's 100m freestyle and Bobby Finke triumphed in the first men's Olympic 800m freestyle.

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Junxuan Yang, Muhan Tang, Yufei Zhang and Bingjie Li of Team China react after winning the gold medal in the women's 4 x 200m freestyle relay final. Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images

China grabbed Olympic gold in the women's 4x200m freestyle relay, in a surprise record win in Tokyo Thursday.

The big picture: Katie Ledecky made up time as Team USA's final swimmer to help the U.S. take silver. Australia, which was the heavy favorite, won the bronze. All three teams finished ahead of the previous world record pace.