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Alex Jones spotted in Omaha following verdict in Sandy Hook trial

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Far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been ordered by a Texas jury to pay a total of $49.3 million to the parents of a child killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. Jones falsely claimed the massacre was a hoax orchestrated by the government in order to tighten U.S. gun laws.

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was in Omaha visiting family on Thursday, roughly a week after a jury ordered him to pay a total of $49.3 million to the family of a boy killed in the Sandy Hook massacre.

Mary LaVelle said she was visiting Omaha when she heard that Jones was in town and decided to confront him at the Cottonwood Hotel in the Blackstone District to hear what he had to say following the trial and verdict.

Cottonwood staff would not confirm if Jones or his wife, Erika Wulff Jones, were guests at the hotel Thursday.

LaVelle said she pretended to be a journalist during her 10-minute conversation with Jones. She said he was “willing and able to talk about everything.”

“He’s such a creature of bad things that I just saw him there and thought, ‘Well, I’m gonna interview him,’” she said.

In a video LaVelle provided to The World-Herald, Jones said that he was in Omaha with his wife visiting family and that he has been to Omaha “many times.”

In the video, LaVelle can be heard asking Jones how he was feeling after the verdict in the trial.

Last week, a jury in Texas ordered Jones to pay the parents of a 6-year-old boy killed at Sandy Hook a total of $49.3 million in damages, though he likely won’t be required to pay that amount due to limitations established in Texas law.

He also has been found liable in two other defamation suits brought by relatives of other Sandy Hook victims. Trials for damages were scheduled to begin in both cases next month, but their progress has been complicated by a recent bankruptcy filing by one of Jones’ companies.

Speaking in the video, Jones echoed claims that he made during his testimony in court. His focus on Sandy Hook “was a very small part of what I did” but the news media “misrepresented and made it a huge part of who I was,” Jones said in the video.

“I did make mistakes and so I’ve owned up to that,” Jones acknowledged at one point in the video. Later, he said he has “the right to question things if I want.”

When LaVelle saw one of Jones’ children running around, she asked whether the child was a paid actor, an accusation Jones made about the children who were killed at Sandy Hook.

At one point in the video, Jones tells LaVelle he hopes she puts the video online. When LaVelle asked if she should post it, Jones responded, “You should, absolutely. Feel free to.”

This report includes material from the Associated Press.

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