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Fri Mar 24, 2017, 11:06 AM

Man pleads guilty in Washington pizzeria shooting over fake news [View all]

Source: Reuters

Fri Mar 24, 2017 | 10:39am EDT

By Ian Simpson | WASHINGTON

A North Carolina man pleaded guilty on Friday to opening fire in a Washington pizzeria that fake news reports claimed housed a child sex ring linked to 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Edgar Welch, 28, of Salisbury, was accused of firing at least three shots from an AR-15 rifle inside the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in December and pointing the gun at an employee after showing up to investigate the online conspiracy rumors. No one was hurt.

Welch pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a federal charge of interstate transportation of a firearm with intent to commit an offense and a local charge of assault with a dangerous weapon.

He could face up to two years in prison on the federal charge and a maximum five years for the assault charge. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson scheduled sentencing for June 22.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-washingtondc-gunman-idUSKBN16V1XC

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