© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Infowars founder Alex Jones speaks to the media after showing at his Sandy Hook defamation trial at Connecticut Superior Court docket in Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S., October 4, 2022. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photograph
By Tom Hals and Jonathan Stempel
(Reuters) -Alex Jones filed for chapter on Friday, lower than two months after a jury ordered him and the guardian firm of his Infowars web site to pay almost $1 billion in compensatory damages to family members of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook mass capturing.
Jones filed for Chapter 11 safety from collectors with the U.S. chapter courtroom in Houston, a courtroom submitting confirmed.
The submitting stated Jones has between $1 million and $10 million of belongings and between $1 billion and $10 billion of liabilities.
In October, a Connecticut jury in a case introduced by family members of greater than a dozen Sandy Hook victims ordered Jones and Free Speech Programs, the guardian firm of Infowars, to pay almost $1 billion in damages.
Free Speech Programs filed for chapter in July.
In a separate case in Texas, a jury in August determined Jones should pay the mother and father of a 6-year-old boy killed within the Sandy Hook bloodbath $45.2 million in punitive damages, on prime of $4.1 million in compensatory damages.
Jones claimed for years that the 2012 killing of 20 college students and 6 workers members at Sandy Hook Elementary College in Newtown, Connecticut, was staged with actors as a part of a authorities plot to grab People’ weapons. He has since acknowledged the capturing occurred.
The courtroom submitting lists the plaintiffs who gained verdicts in opposition to Jones as his largest unsecured collectors .
Amongst them are Robert Parker, father of six-year-old Emilie Parker, who was awarded $120 million by a Connecticut jury, and FBI agent William Aldenberg, who was among the many first legislation enforcement officers on the scene of the 2012 capturing.
Along with the $1 billion compensatory damages, Jones was ordered to pay $473 million in punitive damages within the Connecticut case.
Connecticut decide Barbara Bellis had quickly blocked Jones from transferring any private belongings in a foreign country on the request of the plaintiffs, who claimed Jones was attempting to cover belongings to keep away from paying.