The North Carolina man who allegedly commandeered a pizza restaurant in December with an assault-style rifle to investigate the “Pizzagate” viral conspiracy theory has pleaded guilty to charges in the incident. Edgar Maddison Welch, 28, admitted to interstate transport of firearms and assault with a dangerous weapon. The conspiracy theory linked Hillary Clinton, falsely, to a child-sex-trafficking ring in the basement of Comet Ping Pong. The two charges each carry maximum sentences of 10 years in jail, but Welch’s plea agreement set sentencing guidelines at 18-to-24 months for the first charge and a maximum of 60 months for the second.
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