Alex Jones was ordered on Friday to pay more than $45 million in punitive damages to the parents of one of the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre.
The Texas jury’s decision came a day after the far-right Infowars host was ordered to pay more than $4.1 million in damages for claiming the shooting in the he school in Newtown, Connecticut was a hoax intended to increase support for gun control.
An attorney for parents Scarlett Lewis and Neil Helsin had asked the jury to return a verdict big enough to “take the megaphone away” from Jones, NBC News reported.
“I’m asking that with your verdict, you don’t just take down the Alex Jones rig he’s talking about. I’m asking you to make sure he can’t rebuild the rig. That’s what matters “said attorney Wesley Ball. “It’s punishment, it’s deterrence.”
Jones had claimed the mass shooting was staged or faked using actors. The mass shooting killed 20 first graders and six school staff.