"Pizzagate" DC shooter pleads guilty to weapons-related charges

Edgar Madison Welch, who fired a gun inside a Washington, D.C., pizza restaurant in December while investigating a conspiracy theory, pleaded guilty this morning to two charges, including interstate transport of a firearm and assault with a unsafe weapon.

Months after a conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton's involvement in a child trafficking ring out of a Washington, D.C., pizzeria blew up from a very fake news story to a real-life shooting, fringe right-wing media outlet Infowars is apologizing for its role in spreading the completely false narrative.

Authorities say Welch fired multiple shots inside the Comet Ping Pong restaurant December 4, after driving from North Carolina to investigate a conspiracy theory about Democrats harbouring child sex slaves.

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The 28-year-old on Friday pleaded guilty to the federal charge of interstate transport of firearms and a local charge of assault with a unsafe weapon, ABC News reported. Prosecutors agreed to drop a District charge of possessing a firearm while committing a crime of violence, which carried a 15-year maximum penalty.

Welch faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in June. Welch read the fake news on non-credible websites and watched YouTube videos that spread the fake story, according to the plea agreement.

In December, Welch showed up to Comet Ping Pong on a Sunday afternoon armed with a AR-15 assault rifle and revolver and fired multiple times following a panicked evacuation by workers and customers.

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During his drive to the pizzeria, Welch recorded video of himself saying he might not return home as a result of the violent confrontation he planned to engage in, court documents said.

"Upon arriving at the restaurant, Welch parked his vehicle and armed himself". An employee who was outside said that he heard three loud bangs, and that when he came inside Welch pointed the rifle at him, an allegation that Welch denied.

U.S. District Court Judge Ketanji B. Jackson told Welch that with a felony conviction, he would no longer be allowed to own a firearm.

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