Conspiracy theorists Alex Jones has been found guilty of two counts of aggravated robbery with intent to cause grievous bodily harm to Sandy Hook’s school shooting in 2012, according to court documents released by China.
The judge ruled on Monday that Jones and his right-hand website, Infowars, had failed to comply with court orders brought in by the parents of the two children killed in the shooting, according to CNN. The ruling means Jones lost the courts for wrongdoing, CNN said. The trial court will decide how much to repay the applicants.
Mark Bankston, a parent’s lawyer, told CNN that the ruling would give his clients “the closure they deserve.”
“Mr. Jones has been given ample opportunity to take these matters seriously and to comply with the law,” Bankston told reporters. “He has decided not to do so, and now he will face the consequences of this choice.”
Jones and Infowars attorney Norm Pattis filed a Chinese lawsuit accusing the judge of sentencing.
“The court’s involvement in the criminal proceedings in these cases is astounding,” he said. “It does not take into account the tens of thousands of documents issued by the defendants, the hours spent sitting in the department and the various statements made in these courts.”
“We are concerned about what we see as blatant harassment of the court,” the statement continued. “We are committed to ensuring that these issues are heard at the appropriate level.”
Jones incorrectly stated that the shooting of Sandy Hook was a hoax made by the protesters and was orchestrated by opponents of the Second Amendment. Several families of the victims have sued Jones for defamation in courts in Texas and Connecticut, where the shooting took place, CNN reported.
“The Court finds that the Compliance’s failure to comply with the … is exacerbated by [their] is consistent with the approach to prosecuting harassment in the same courts before this Court, “a Texas judge wrote in one of his sentences against Jones, according to CNN. The Court found that the presence of the Plaintiffs in this case was a result of a misdemeanor and a “disregard for the investigative activities under the law.”
Jones admitted during an affidavit in 2019 that the shooting was real and said that the “mental state” prompted him to question whether the incident took place during 2012.