Alex Jones must pay more than $45 million in punitive damages to the family of a Sandy Hook massacre victim, jury orders

A Texas jury on Friday ordered Alex Jones to pay $45.2 million in punitive damages to the parents of a Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim, a day after deciding the Infowars host must pay them $4.1 million in compensatory damages for the suffering caused by his lies about the 2012 massacre.

Punitive damages are intended to punish someone for especially harmful behavior.

The jury’s decision followed expert testimony from forensic economist Bernard Pettingill whose testimony was intended to give jurors a picture of how much money Jones has and, by extension, how much it would take to punish him for his behavior. Pettingill estimated that Jones and his companies are worth $135 million to $270 million — an amount his defense team disputed — and said that Jones and his companies made more money after being “deplatformed” by several social media outlets in 2018. Jones has maintained throughout the trial that his companies suffered losses since he was removed from the sites.

NBC Alex Jones must pay more than $45 million in punitive damages to the family of a Sandy Hook massacre victim, jury orders