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

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

Alex Jones was ordered Friday to pay more than $45 million in punitive damages to the parents of one of the victims of the 2012 Sand

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Alex Jones was ordered Friday to pay more than $45 million in punitive damages to the parents of one of the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

The Texas jury ruling came down one day after the far-right Infowars host was ordered to fork over $4.1 million in damages for claiming that the Newtown, Conn. school shooting was a hoax meant to increase support for gun control.

An attorney for parents Scarlett Lewis and Neil Helsin had asked the jury to deliver a verdict big enough to “take the bullhorn away” from Jones, NBC News reported.

“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,” lawyer Wesley Ball said. “That is punishment, that is deterrence.”

Jones had claimed that the mass shooting was staged or faked using actors. The mass shooting killed 20 first-grade students and six staffers at the school.

Victims family leave a firehouse staging area following a shooting at the Sandy Hook School on December 14, 2012.
Victims family leave a firehouse staging area following a shooting at the Sandy Hook School on December 14, 2012.
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Neil Heslin, father of 6-year-old Sandy Hook shooting victim Jesse Lewis, becomes emotional during his testimony during the trial for Alex Jones on August 2.
Neil Heslin, father of 6-year-old Sandy Hook shooting victim Jesse Lewis, becomes emotional during his testimony during the trial for Alex Jones on August 2.
Briana Sanchez/Austin American-Statesman/AP

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