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ALEX Jones has been ordered to pay another $45million in punitive damages by a Texas jury on Friday to the parents of a first-grader killed in the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012. 

The Infowars conspiracy theorist has falsely called the shooting, which killed 20 children and six adults, a hoax orchestrated by the government to enact stricter gun laws.

 

1Alex Jones has been ordered to pay $45million in punitive damages to the parents of a Sandy Hook victim

In total, Jones will pay $50million, which is less than the $150million originally sought by Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis. 

The couple’s six-year-old son, Jesse Lewis, was one of the victims killed in the deadliest classroom shooting in US history. 

Yesterday, Jones was ordered to pay the family $4.1million in compensatory damages. 

Like the name suggests, compensatory are intended to compensate the injured party for loss or injury, however punitive damages are awarded to punish a wrongdoer. 

Attorney Mark Bankston, who is representing Heslin and Lewis, released a statement after Thursday’s verdict was announced. 

"Today we secured $4.1million on behalf of Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis. Having already secured $1.5million in fines from Mr Jones, the plaintiffs are now due $5.6million that Alex Jones will have to pay them.

"This does not include punitive damages to be decided tomorrow and additional sanctions pending before the court.

"Neil and Scarlett are thrilled with the result and look forward to putting Mr Jones' money to good use.

"Mr Jones on the other hand will not sleep easy tonight.

This is the first time Jones has been held financially responsible for his lies about the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. 

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