Jury Awards Parents Of Sandy Hook Victim $45 Million Against Alex Jones

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U.S. conspiracy theorist Alex Jones should pay $45.2 million in punitive damages — in addition to the $4.1 million in compensatory damages already awarded — to the parents of a 6-year-old boy killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, a Texas jury decided on Friday.

Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the separated parents of slain 6-year-old Jesse Lewis, testified that followers of Jones had targeted them for years and sent death threats in the false belief they were lying about the death of their child on the Dec. 14, 2012, shootings that killed 20 children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

The 12-person jury decided the punitive damages a day after the compensatory damages were determined following a two-week trial of a libel suit, which was presiding Judge Maya Guerra Gamble in a state courthouse in Austin, Texas.

The home base for Jones’s radio program Infowars. Jones called the Sandy Hook massacre a staged American government conspiracy using crisis actors as an excuse to take Americans’ guns.

After the verdict, Lewis told reporters the results of the trial showed “we have a choice about whether we are going to love each other,” adding, “We are all accountable to each other. . The parents sought $145.9 million in punitive damages and $150 million in compensatory damages. Compensatory damages are awarded to compensate a plaintiff for pain and suffering. Punitive damages are awarded to punish the actions of the defendant.

The punitive damages were set at $4.2 million for Jones’s libel of Heslin for questioning him about holding her dead son after the shooting and $20.5 million each for Heslin and Lewis’s psychological distress.

“We are asking that you send one very, very simple message: Stop Alex Jones. Stop monetizing the disinformation and lies,” Wesley Todd Ball, the parent’s attorney, told the jury on Friday before they began their deliberations over punitive damages. Jones has tried to distance himself from the conspiracy theories in his trial testimony, apologized to the parents, and acknowledged that Sandy Hook was “100 percent true”.

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