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Jury orders Alex Jones to pay Sandy Hook parents $49.3 million in total because shooting was a hoax

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

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Friday’s final award includes $45.2 million in punitive damages and $4.1 million in compensatory damages.

Parents of 6-year-old Jesse Lewis say they are tormented by the Infowars host’s false claims that the worst classroom shooting in US history was a government-orchestrated hoax to toughen laws on firearms.

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

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