A Connecticut judge on Thursday ordered far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to pay an additional $473 million in punitive damages to the families of the Sandy Hook victims a jury says he defamed, making him responsible for a total of $1.44 billion.

Jones repeatedly told his listeners that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in which 20 first graders and six teachers were killed was staged by "crisis actors."

Connecticut Judge Barbara Bellis imposed the punitive damages on the Infowars host and his company, Free Speech Systems, bringing the total punishment against him in lawsuits filed by the victims' families to $1.44 billion.

CNN reports that the latest sum of money owed is in addition to the $965 million a jury awarded eight families of Sandy Hook victims and a first responder last month in compensatory damages. Under Connecticut, law judges have the power to set punitive damages.

Earlier this year, Axios reported Jones and his company declared bankruptcy in an attempt to limit litigation damages.

Jones dismissed the trial as "ridiculous" and a "joke." The Associated Press reports that on Jones's Thursday show, he dismissed the order entirely.

"Well, of course I'm laughing at it," Jones said. "It'd be like if you sent me a bill for a billion dollars in the mail. Oh man, we got you. It's all for psychological effect. It's all the Wizard of Oz," Jones said on his show Thursday, "when they know full well the bankruptcy going on and all the rest of it, that it'll show what I've got and that's it, and I have almost nothing."

A third trial is set to begin in Texas in December, where Jones lives and works. During a previous Texas trial, Jones said Sandy Hook was "100% real."