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.
Welch told police he was investigating a bogus conspiracy theory known as "pizzagate".
Welch, 28, entered guilty pleas to a federal charge of interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition plus a D.C. charge of assault with a unsafe weapon.
North Carolina Edgar Maddison Welch told police he was motivated by an online conspiracy theory to drive to Comet Ping Pong in D.C.to "self-investigate" disproven claims of child trafficking in the basement headed up by Hillary Clinton and other Democratic elites, nicknamed "Pizzagate".
Welch was originally indicted on a possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence charge, but that was dropped in his plea agreement.
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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Both the federal and D.C. charge have 10-year maximum prison sentences.
Welch traveled to the restaurant that December day to further investigate the rumors he had read about online. He walked into the restaurant in December with the loaded guns and fired a shot from the rifle into a door.
Welch didn't shoot anyone and surrendered after he discovered no evidence of the child sex ring. Before he arrived, he texted a friend that he was "Raiding a pedo ring, possibly sacraficing [sic] the lives of a few for the lives of many", according to the criminal complaint.
During the Friday hearing, U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson asked Welch if he transported weapons from his home in North Carolina to the Washington, D.C. pizzeria.