Alex Jones ordered to pay $49.3M total over Sandy Hook lies

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Economic expert Bernard Pettingill is called to testify to discuss the net worth of Alex Jones and Free Speech Systems Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Texas. Jurors were asked to assess punitive damages against InfoWars host Alex Jones after awarding $4.1 million in actual damages to the parents of Jesse Lewis on Thursday. (Briana Sanchez/Austin American-Statesman via AP, Pool)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas jury has ordered conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to pay $49.3 million in total damages to the parents of a first-grader killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

The final award handed down Friday includes $45.2 million in punitive damages and $4.1 million in compensatory damages. The parents of 6-year-old Jesse Lewis say they were tormented by the Infowars host’s false claims that the worst classroom shooting in U.S. history was a hoax orchestrated by the government to tighten gun laws.

Attorneys urged hefty financial punishment

Attorneys for the family had urged jurors for a financial punishment that would put Infowars out of business. One economist testified that Jones and his company were worth up to $270 million.

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