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Far-right radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been ordered by a Texas jury to pay nearly $50 million to the family of a young boy killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

In a unanimous decision Friday, Aug. 5, the jury said Jones must pay $45.2 million in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the parents of 6-year-old victim Jesse Lewis.

That’s in addition to the $4.1 million in compensatory damages the jury awarded the family the day prior.

Jones had already been found liable in a default judgment for defamation and “intentional infliction of emotional distress” against Lewis’ parents, Scarlett Lewis and Neil Heslin.

The InfoWars host has notoriously made repeated claims that the Sandy Hook massacre in December 2012, which killed 20 young students and six staff members, was a hoax  carried out by so-called crisis actors.

Jones has argued that the lawsuit is an attack on his First Amendment rights to say whatever he wants about the attack.

An attorney for Lewis and Heslin had asked the jury to award them $149.5 million, arguing that such a large sum was necessary to “take the bullhorn away” from Jones, NBC News reports. 

Before deciding on an amount to award the family, jurors heard expert testimony from a forensic economist who estimated that Jones and his companies are worth between $135 million and $270 million.

His defense team disputed that claim.

Jones still faces two more damage award trials by parents of Sandy Hook victims. 

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Fitchburg Man Arrested For Killing 41-Year-Old Worcester Mother Of 2

A Fitchburg man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a 41-year-old mother of two from Worcester last month, authorities said.

Keith Jones, age 32, was arrested in connection with the shooting death of Felicia Obeng that occurred at 629 Cambridge Street on the evening of July 16, Worcester Police said.

Obeng was taken to a local hospital after suffering from gunshot wounds where she was pronounced dead, police said. She was apparently sitting on her front porch with her mother when the shooting occurred, according to a GoFundMe organized in her honor.

"A daily routine of getting fresh air outside with her family has caused an enormous devastation no one can understand," the campaign reads. "This incident has devastated the family and the two little boys ages 10 and 4 years old, and her mother who was also shot with non threatening wounds."

The GoFundMe was launched to support Obeng's children that she left behind. So far the campaign has raised over $8,800 of its $20,000 goal. People can donate by clicking here.

Meanwhile Jones is facing several charges including murder, police said. 

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