'PizzaGate' Shooter Pleads Guilty In Conspiracy-Fueled Attack On DC Restaurant

'PizzaGate' Shooter Pleads Guilty In Conspiracy-Fueled Attack On DC Restaurant

Edgar Maddison Welch, 28, pleaded guilty Friday to two charges related to last year's armed confrontation at the Comet Ping Pong restaurant in Washington, D.C. Welch says he was "self-investigating" false Internet rumors of a pedophile ring at the pizzeria.

It was just a few days earlier, on December 1, that Welch had learned of the conspiracy theory that had come to be known as "Pizzagate", which involved the unfounded rumors of pedophilia supposedly perpetrated by Hillary and Bill Clinton, as well as others in the Democratic Party.

Edgar Welch appeared in federal court and pleaded guilty to a federal charge of transporting a firearm and ammunition, as well as a charge of assault with a risky weapon. Welch gave himself up to police after he did not find any evidence that the online theories were true. After trying to force the closet open with a butter knife, Welch popped a few rounds off from his rifle, which damaged the lock, the door, some drywall and a computer inside the closet, which was unoccupied.

Each count Welch is charged with carries a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison, but nonbinding guidelines likely will call for a federal sentence of just 18 to 24 months and a local sentence of 18 to 60 months, which could run consecutively, according to the Post.

Stock to Watch for Earnings: Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ:CSIQ)
Net income attributable to Canadian Solar was US$65.2 million, compared to US$171.9 million in the previous year. The firm had revenue of $668.40 million for the quarter, compared to analysts' expectations of $698.57 million.

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.

Police citing text and calling records, said Welch anticipated his investigation could turn violent and attempted to recruit help, according the Post. "Standing up against a corrupt system that kidnaps, tortures and rapes babies and children in our own backyard".

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson set the sentencing date for June 22, after a local charge was dropped against Welch accusing him of firearms possession during a crime of violence. He will remain detained until then.

Related Articles

  • Google vows to crackdown on 'hateful' content after Brit brand boycott

    Google vows to crackdown on 'hateful' content after Brit brand boycott

    It said it was aiming to block any content that attacked people based on their race, religion, sexual orientation or gender. As reported in Reuters , the giant internet company generated nearly $7.8 billion from advertising past year .
    Wayne Rooney misses out on hearing Southgate's England vision

    Wayne Rooney misses out on hearing Southgate's England vision

    Asked if he is already thinking about playing at the World Cup in Russia, Defoe replied: "Of course, yeah". Being lucky enough to have experienced it, you just want it more and more.

    Rex Tillerson, China's Xi Jinping pledge cooperation

    Tillerson is also in Beijing to iron out the details of a tentative Florida summit in April between Trump and China's President. Brooks, at the border village of Panmunjom, which has separated the two Koreas, on March 17, 2017 .
  • Singapore Most Expensive City Worldwide — Economist Intelligence Unit

    Singapore Most Expensive City Worldwide — Economist Intelligence Unit

    NY was the only representative from North America, slipping to ninth from seventh due to a slight weakening of the dollar. Thanks to the falling pound post-Brexit, London fell 18 places to 24th compared with 6th place past year .

    Nearly 10 million watch first election debate

    Candidates will await the polls in the coming days to fully know who were the real winners and losers from the TV debate. Macron - who is running under the progressive En Marche! banner - has continued to gain support in recent weeks.
    Gas prices see slight drop locally

    Gas prices see slight drop locally

    Gasoline prices between February 15 and March 20, 2009 fell a cent, while they rose 29 cents in 2016 during the same time period. But motorists locally are still paying significantly more that a year ago at this time - when the price stood at $1.88.
  • Five new features from Android O that we're excited about

    Five new features from Android O that we're excited about

    The picture-on-picture mode that Google has planned would be bringing the multitasking aspect of most Android devices to the fore. Last Tuesday, Google finally released a developer preview of their next mobile operating system, now known only as Android O .

    Donald Trump Jr. criticizes London mayor only hours after Parliament attack

    A vehicle then plouged into a crowd of people on Westminster bridge, killing one woman and injuring at least 10. Trump Jr.'s assessment of Khan's comments were misleading, however.
    Coin-eating sea turtle nicknamed

    Coin-eating sea turtle nicknamed "Piggy Bank" dies from blood poisoning

    Playfully named Omsin, which means "piggy bank" in Thai, the beloved creature's post-surgery chances seemed positive. That became fatal after she suffered an acute intestinal infection. "We are all very sad", Chansue told Vonberg.
  • Yankees' Didi Gregorius to miss six weeks with shoulder injury

    Yankees' Didi Gregorius to miss six weeks with shoulder injury

    Torres hit.448 (13 for 29) with two home runs, nine RBIs, eight runs, six doubles, one triple and a 1.400 OPS in 19 games. Tyler Wade and Ronald Torreyes are candidates to replace Gregorius at shortstop for the Yankees.

    'I screwed up,' Orly Airport attacker told father before assault

    Belgacem later showed up at the bar and hijacked another auto at gunpoint before showing up at the airport, Molins said. Once there, a prosecutor said, Belgacem threw a bag containing a gas can at soldiers before hurling himself at them.

    Clashes in Syria's Damascus after surprise rebel attack

    Repeated peace talks over the years have failed to bring about a political solution to the conflict. Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011.