Alex Jones ordered to pay Sandy Hook parents another $45.2M in punitive damages

A Texas jury on Friday ordered Infowars’ Alex Jones to pay a total of $49.3 million US in damages to the parents of a first-grader killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, which the conspiracy theorist falsely called a hoax orchestrated by the government in order to tighten U.S. gun laws.

The amount is less than the $150 million US sought by Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, whose six-year-old son Jesse Lewis was among 19 children and six educators killed in the deadliest classroom shooting in U.S. history.

The trial is the first time Jones has been held financially liable for peddling lies about the 2012 attack in Newtown, Conn.

Jurors at first awarded Heslin and Lewis $4.1 million US in compensatory damages, which Jones called a major victory. But in the final phase of the two-week trial, the same Austin jury came back on Friday and tacked on an additional $45.2 million US in punitive damages.

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By Jon Doe