The North Carolina man accused of firing an assault rifle inside a Washington, D.C. pizza restaurant in December, claiming he was following up on internet allegations of child abuse, pleaded guilty Friday.
Edgar Maddison Welch, 28, of Salisbury, N.C. was arrested on December 4 after he terrorized customers of the restaurant, a popular hangout for families.
He admitted driving to Washington with three loaded weapons, responding to a baseless internet conspiracy claim, known as "Pizzagate," that the Comet Ping Pong restaurant was involved in a child pornography ring run by Democrats.
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The claim has since been declared utterly false by Washington, D.C. police and federal agents.
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."