The North Carolina man who terrorized patrons of a D.C. pizzeria when he opened fire with an assault rifle pleaded guilty on Friday to two charges stemming from the December ordeal as part of a deal with prosecutors.
Edgar Maddison Welch, 28, traveled from North Carolina to Comet Ping Pong in Northwest Washington to investigate the viral internet conspiracy, "Pizzagate".
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 freaky allegations, though no one was injured.
Welch could face up to two years in prison for the federal charge and a maximum of five years for the assault charge.
Edgar Welch, 28, pleaded guilty to the federal charge of interstate transportation of a firearm with intent to commit an offense and a local charge of assault with a risky weapon, Reuters reports. In his vehicle, Welch carried an AR-15 rifle loaded with 29 rounds, a fully-loaded six-shot.38 caliber pistol, a loaded 12-gauge shotgun and a box of shotgun shells. Welch read the fake news on non-credible websites and watched YouTube videos that spread the fake story, according to the plea agreement.
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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.
Investigators say when he arrived at the restaurant, he went inside carrying an AR-15 rifle and a revolver, sending employees and customers running for their lives.
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.
The incident made national headlines when it occurred on December 4, following weeks of harassment and death threats over "Pizzagate" for Comet Ping Pong, its employees, and neighbors, and musicians who performed there, causing them to increase security for events.