Infowars founder Alex Jones ordered to pay $965 million

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Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones should pay $965 million to those who suffered from his false claim that the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting was a hoax.

A lawsuit has been filed by the family members of her five children and three of her educators who died in the shooting,

and by her FBI agents who were the first responders at the scene. A grand jury in Texas awarded her nearly $50 million in bounties to the parents of another child who died in August.

After the sentencing, several plaintiffs hugged each other in court. Jones wasn't there, but a split screen of his Infowars show showed live video from the court.

Jones, who testified at the trial, admitted he was wrong about Sandy Hook, saying the shooting was real. But on court and on show, he was rebellious.

He called the trial a "kangaroo court, and called the case an attack on free speech. He claimed it was a conspiracy by Democrats and the media to silence him and put him out of business.

At the Texas trial, he testified that he could not afford to serve his $2 million sentence. But economists testified in a Texas trial that Jones and his company were worth up to $270 million.