Austin: US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones should pay parents of children killed in 2012 Sandy Hook massacre at least $4.1 million ($5.8 million) for falsely claiming shooting was a hoax a Texas jury said Thursday, Washington time.
The verdict follows a two-week trial in Austin, Texas, home of Jones’ radio show and webcast Infowars.
A jury next sentenced Jones to $75 million for spreading the lie that 20 children and 6 employees were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012. Consider the parents’ request for physical damages.
Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the estranged parents of the murdered 6-year-old Jesse Lewis, have led Jones followers for years in the false belief that their parents lied about their son’s death. He testified that he harassed them and sent them death threats.
In closing arguments Wednesday, attorney Kyle Farrar urged jurors to end what he described as a nightmare and hold Jones accountable for profiting from his son’s death.
Jones’ attorney, Federico Reynal, admitted in closing arguments that Jones and Infowars had “irresponsibly” reported Sandy Hook, but said his client was not responsible for the harassment.
Jones had previously claimed that mainstream media and gun control activists colluded to fabricate the Sandy Hook tragedy, and that the shooting was staged using crisis managers.
He later admitted that the shooting took place and tried to distance himself from his previous falsehoods during the trial.
Alex Jones Must Pay $4.1 Million Over Sandy Hook Hoax Claims, Jurors Find
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