Alex Jones and Infowars Must Pay Sandy Hook Parents More Than $45 Million In Punitive Damages

Alex Jones and Infowars Must Pay Sandy Hook Parents More Than $45 Million In Punitive Damages

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An Austin, Texas jury has found that Alex Jones and Infowars must pay Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the parents of Jesse Lewis, $45.2 million in punitive damages for the comments that Jones and the network made over the years about Sandy Hook being a “hoax.” Jesse Lewis was six years old when he was murdered in the Sandy Hook massacre. The verdict brings to an end the first of three damages trials that Jones will face against Sandy Hook parents; he and Infowars have already lost all the cases brought against them by default. 

On Thursday, the jury ruled that Jones and Infowars must pay $4.1 million in compensatory damages. The punitive judgment today brings the total to about $49 million total. The plaintiffs’ attorneys had requested $150 million total. All twelve jurors were required to sign onto today’s decision; only ten jurors needed to agree to yesterday’s judgment.