‘Piz­za­gate’ gun­man sen­tenced to four years in fed­eral prison

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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.

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