WASHINGTON (AP) — A man who walked into a Washington pizzeria with an assault rifle to investigate internet rumors dubbed “pizzagate” recorded a message on his drive from North Carolina telling his daughters he’s standing up for children like them.
In the recording from Edgar Maddison Welch’s cellphone obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, Welch says he can’t let his daughters grow up in a world so corrupted by evil “without at least standing up for you, for other children just like you.”
In a court document, Welch’s attorney asks he be sentenced to 1 ½ years in prison. In a separate document, prosecutors say he should spend 4 ½ years in prison.
Welch, who is from Salisbury, North Carolina, pleaded guilty in March to two charges in the case. His sentencing is set for June 22.
This story has been corrected to change Edgar Welch’s middle name from Madison to Maddison.