Infowars founder Alex Jones must pay $45.2 million in punitive damages to the parents of a first-grader killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, a Texas jury ruled on Friday.
The amount is less than the $150 million sought by parents Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, whose 6-year-old, Jesse, was one of the 19 children and six staff members killed in one of the deadliest school shooting in U. S. history. However, it is significantly more than the $2 million Jones said it would take to “sink” him and his company.
Jurors, on Thursday, first awarded Heslin and Lewis $4.1 million in compensatory damages, marking the first time the Infowars host has been held financially liable for spreading lies about the Sandy Hook shooting…. (Read more)