Accused Pizzagate shooter pleads not guilty

(PHOTO: CNN)

(PHOTO: CNN)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The man accused of firing shots at DC pizzeria Comet Ping Pong in a bid to investigate the ‘Pizzagate’ conspiracy theory has pleaded not guilty after he was indicted yesterday by a grand jury.

Edgar Welch, 28, stands accused of transporting firearm and ammunition across state lines (he hails from North Carolina) , assault with a dangerous weapon, and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence.

The three charges combined carry a maximum of 35 years in prison. Welch will appear in court at a status hearing on Jan. 5, 2017.

Although Welch plead not guilty, he previously said in an interview with the New York Times that he did come to the restaurant armed.