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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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Oswego County jail inmate pilot program to begin soon

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Sheriff Reuel “Moe” Todd said Wednesday that he expects the county to begin a state pilot program that could ease the maximum capacity issues faced at the Oswego County Public Safety Center.

“It should start within a week or two,” Todd said of the county’s participation in the program.

The state recently began a program called The Orleans Project, which removes “technical violators” of parole from the local jail, placing them in state-run facilities.

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Oswego County Legislature approves $200,000 transfer for inmates costs

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature voted Thursday to transfer $200,000 to cover the costs of transporting and housing inmates at other county jails.

The additional funding is necessary as the Oswego County Public Safety Center has reached its maximum capacity.

Legislator Jake Mulcahey asked if expansion of the current jail is an option, noting the cost associated with out-of-county housing.

“Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe we have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on this last year also,” he said. “If we are going to keep dumping money into this thing we should look into the jail expansion.”

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