A Texas jury concluded on Friday that conspiracy theorist Alex Jones must pay the parents of a 6-year-old child slain in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre $45.2 million in punitive damages, in addition to the $4.1 million in compensatory damages previously granted, for falsely claiming the incident was a fabrication.
Jesse Lewis Heslin’s parents had claimed $145 million in punitive damages and $150 million in compensatory damages for their son’s death. Jones argued the Sandy Hook shooting a fabrication organized by the US government to use crisis actors as a justification for taking away Americans’ weapons.
Because Texas law limits punitive damages to $750,000 per plaintiff, the jury rendered a judgment that exceeded the maximum. In the defamation lawsuit brought by Sandy Hook’s parents against Alex Jones, jurors are deliberate on punitive damages. Jones was chastised by the judge for not telling the truth about his bankruptcy and for failing to comply with document requests.
Last Thursday, Jones’ firm, Free Speech Systems LLC, filed for bankruptcy. Because of his lying on the stand, the jury may have judged Jones as “really a lousy actor.”