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Alex Jones ordered to pay $45.2M to Sandy Hook victim’s family

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Infowars founder Alex Jones must pay $45.2 million in punitive damages to the parents of a first-grader killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, a Texas jury ruled on Friday.  

The amount is less than the $150 million sought by parents Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, whose 6-year-old, Jesse, was one of the 19 children and six staff members killed in one of the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history. However, it is significantly more than the $2 million Jones said it would take to “sink” him and his company.

Jurors, on Thursday, first awarded Heslin and Lewis $4.1 million in compensatory damages, marking the first time the Infowars host has been held financially liable for spreading lies about the Sandy Hook shooting. 

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Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones attempts to answer questions about his emails asked by Mark Bankston, lawyer for Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, during trial at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin.

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones attempts to answer questions about his emails asked by Mark Bankston, lawyer for Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, during trial at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin. (Briana Sanchez/Austin American-Statesman via AP, Pool)

In 2012, Jones falsely claimed the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax orchestrated by the government in order to tighten gun laws.

Wesley Ball, representing Jesse’s parents, argued that only such a large sum would be enough to “take the bullhorn away” from Jones.

“I ask that with your verdict, you not only take Alex Jones’ platform that he talks about away. I ask that you make sure that he can’t rebuild the platform. That’s what matters,” he said. “That is punishment, that is deterrence.”

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  • Wesley Ball speaks to Mark Bankston

    Wesley Ball speaks to Mark Bankston, lawyers representing Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, parents of Sandy Hook shooting victim Jesse Lewis, during trial at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin. (Briana Sanchez/Austin American-Statesman via AP, Pool)

  • Alex Jones at January 6 attack hearing

    A video showing Alex Jones is shown as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

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Two weeks ago, Infowars’ parent company, Free Speech Systems, filed for bankruptcy shortly before Jones’ trial began. 

Jones still faces two other defamation lawsuits from Sandy Hook families in Texas and Connecticut.

Sarah Rumpf is a Fox News Digital Production Assistant. You can reach her on Twitter at @rumpfsarahc 

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