dglobalnews.com Pizzagate' Gunman Pleads Guilty to Carrying Firearm Into DC Restaurant
Published: Sat, March 25, 2017
Medical | By Benjamin Edwards

Pizzagate' Gunman Pleads Guilty to Carrying Firearm Into DC Restaurant

Pizzagate' Gunman Pleads Guilty to Carrying Firearm Into DC Restaurant

The Salisbury man inspired by a conspiracy theory to open fire in a Washington D.C. pizza shop pleaded guilty Friday morning. He pleaded guilty to a federal charge for transporting firearms and a local charge for assault with a risky weapon.

Edgar Welch, 28, of Salisbury, North Carolina, told the court that he fired the shots from an AR-15 rifle previous year after reading what were later proven to be "fake news" reports online that Comet Ping Pong pizzeria had housed a child sex ring with alleged ties to 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Welch spoke little during the hearing, except to say that he understood the charges against him and the plea deal he had reached with the government.

Edgar Maddison Welch drove to Washington from North Carolina on December 4 to investigate an internet conspiracy theory.

He has also agreed to pay US$5,744 in restitution to Comet Ping Pong to cover the damage he did to a lock, door, computer and ping pong table.

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The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia said in a statement that Welch will may receive far less time - likely a range of 18 to 24 months for the federal firearms charge and 18 to 60 months for the District of Columbia assault charge.

Welch in December allegedly showed up at the popular pizza restaurant armed with a.38-Caliber Colt revolver and a Colt AR-15 rifle after reading reports online about a supposed sex ring there.

Welch opened fire in the now infamous Comet Ping Pong pizza restaurant with an AR-15 rifle in December 2016, when he arrived to investigate the weird allegations, though no one was injured.

The defendant was motivated, at least in part, by unfounded rumors concerning a child sex-trafficking ring that was being perpetrated by high-profile individuals at Comet.

Before leaving, prosecutors said, he sent this text to a friend: "Raiding a pedo ring, possible sacrificing the lives of a few for the lives of many". He will remain detained until then.

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