Edgar Maddison Welch, the armed man who entered a Washington, D.C., pizzeria believing that child sex slaves were hiding in the restaurant's basement, will be sentenced by a local judge Thursday.
The "Pizzagate" suspect will receive his punishment during a hearing in a Washington federal court. Prosecutors have asked for a four-and-a-half-year sentence, while the defense's attorneys have requested one-and-a-half years in prison, according to court documents filed ahead of the sentencing.
Welch, a North Carolina resident, entered Comet Ping Pong on Dec. 4, 2016 with an AR-15 assault weapon and revolver. He told diners he was there to determine if a story he had seen online about kids being held by Democratic leaders in the basement was true.
The story was later found to be untrue. Hillary Clinton, who was named in the "fake news" report, denied any involvement in the allegation.
No one was hurt in the incident.