‘Pizzagate’ gunman sentenced to four years in federal prison
An online conspiracy theory dubbed “pizzagate” ended Thursday with real-world consequences when a North Carolina man was sentenced to prison for arming himself with an assault rifle, traveling to the nation’s capital and firing his weapon inside a neighborhood pizza restaurant.
Edgar Maddison Welch’s “illconceived plot” last year did “actual damage to the lives of real people,” a federal judge said before sentencing him to four years in prison.
U.S. District Judge Ketanji B. Jackson said it was “sheer luck” that no one was physically injured when Welch entered the Comet Ping Pong restaurant on Dec. 4 armed with an AR-15 assault rifle and a revolver. He was there about a month after the election of President Trump to investigate unfounded internet rumors about prominent Democrats harboring child sex slaves at the restaurant.