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In this Dec. 5, 2016, photo, the front door of Comet Ping Pong pizza shop, in Washington, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. For conspiracy theorists, "pizzagate" didn't end when a man brought a gun to a Washington restaurant in a misguided attempt to rescue child sex slaves, instead, the shooting fired up further belief in the baseless claims. On blogs, YouTube channels and internet radio shows devoted to conspiracy theories, some see Edgar Maddison Welch’s as the latest “false flag.” That’s a term for a cover-up or distraction orchestrated by the government or other powerful figures. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

The 'Pizzagate' gunman is sentenced to four years imprisonment


The man who fired a gun at a Washington, D.C. restaurant while probing the “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory has gotten four years in prison, according to The Associated Press.

U.S. District Judge Kentanji B. Jackson reportedly gave North Carolina’s Edgar Maddison Welch the sentence Thursday, noting his actions last year “literally left psychological damage.”

Welch apologized for entering Comet Ping Pong restaurant on Dec. 4, 2016 and firing an assault rifle while investigating rumors that Democrats were harboring child sex slaves there.

“[I] cannot undo or change what already happened,” said Welch, who reportedly acknowledged entering the restaurant with an AR-15 and a revolver in his guilty plea last March.

James Alefantis, the owner of Comet Ping Pong, reportedly called the “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory a “vicious web of lies" during Thursday’s sentencing.

Prosecutors reportedly sought four years for Welch before Thursday’s sentencing, playing video in the courtroom driving from North Carolina to D.C. last year.

The U.S. attorney also purportedly displayed a photo from the damage from Welch’s discharge last year.

The “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory emerged online during the 2016 presidential race before ultimately going viral.

The since-debunked claim alleged Comet Ping Pong was involved with a child sex trafficking ring linked to 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her campaign chairman.

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