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Alex Jones ordered to pay nearly a billion dollars to families of Sandy Hook victims

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Plaintiff Robbie Parker drops his head in his hands and fellow plaintiffs William Sherlach, left, and Francine Wheeler lend emotional support as the jury verdict awards are read in the Alex Jones defamation trial at Superior Court, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022, in Waterbury, Conn. A six-person jury reached a verdict Wednesday, saying that Jones should pay $965 million to 15 plaintiffs who suffered from his lies about the Sandy Hook school massacre. Jones and his company were found liable for damages last year. (Brian A. Pounds/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, Pool)

(WATERBURY, Connecticut)– Radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was ordered to pay $965 million to the families of victims killed in the Sandy Hook massacre for repeatedly claiming that the 2012 massacre was a hoax, a Connecticut jury ordered Wednesday.

Jones was found liable for damages after claiming the Sandy Hook incident was fake and staged by crisis actors hired as part of a plot to enact stricter gun laws.

The panel of jurors in court on Wednesday was tasked with determining how much Jones and his company, Free Speech Systems, would be liable to pay victims’ relatives.

“I’ve already said I’m sorry hundreds of times, and I’m done saying I’m sorry,” Jones said.

“I legitimately thought it might have been staged and I stand by that. I don’t apologize for it.” Jones concluded.

If the $965 million award survives appeals and the discretion of judges, it would be one of the largest civil lawsuit outcomes in American history.