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DA may appeal manslaughter ruling for Jones

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County District Attorney Gregory Oakes is expected to appeal the decision by the Appellate Court to reinstate the murder conviction of Alan Jones, the Town of Palermo resident accused of killing his 11 year old step-sister, Erin Maxwell.

Jones was re-sentenced Wednesday morning for second-degree manslaughter. He had been serving a 25 year to life sentence. Oswego County Court Judge Walter Hafner sentenced Jones to the maximum of 5 to 15 years.

Jones was accused of choking Maxwell to death in their Palermo home while their parents were shopping. Jones’ lawyer, John Cirando, made a successful appeal to the state’s second-highest court, arguing that Jones should have been convicted of manslaughter, not murder.

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Jones returns for resentencing

by Carol Thompson

Alan Jones has been returned to the Oswego County Public Safety Center — the next step towards a court date that could lower his time in prison for the death of his stepsister, Erin Maxwell.

Jones was returned to the jail late Tuesday, according to Sheriff Reuel “Moe” Todd. Jones was returned under the order of Oswego County Judge Walter Hafner.

In a unanimous decision, the state Supreme Court Appellate Division in Rochester concluded there was insufficient evidence to support the finding that Jones acted with depraved indifference to human life and recklessly killed Maxwell.

The court found the evidence of reckless conduct in causing Maxwell’s death was sufficient to support the lesser charge of second-degree manslaughter.

Jones, 31, had been serving 25 years to life in state prison on the murder charge at the time of his release. He was convicted of second-degree murder following a two and one-half week trial in 2009. A second-degree manslaughter conviction carries a maximum penalty of 15 years.

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