A jury in Austin, Texas, decided Friday that Infowars host Alex Jones should pay $45.2 million in punitive damages to parents of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting over his promotion of false conspiracy theories that the massacre was a hoax.
The verdict comes a day after the jury in the defamation trial awarded the plaintiffs $4.1 million in compensatory damages.
Jones claimed during the trial that any penalty of more than $2 million would "sink" Infowars.
Earlier Friday, a forensic economist testifying for the plaintiffs estimated that Jones and his parent company that controls Infowars were worth between $135 million and $270 million.
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