Oswego (WSYR-TV) – The man who killed 11-year-old Erin Maxwell four years ago at their Palermo home was re-sentenced to 5 to 15 years in prison Wednesday morning.
Earlier this month, a State Appellate Division Panel in Rochester reduced the conviction
of Alan Jones on a charge of murder in the second degree to manslaughter in the second degree.
Jones received the maximum sentence on the manslaughter charge Wednesday in Oswego County Court.
Jones has already served just over 4 years for the initial 25 year murder sentence, meaning he'll be up for parole in 11 months.
Jones’ attorney John Cirando pleaded for a lesser sentence inside Judge Walter Hafner's chambers, with Jones by his side.
The defense believes the charge doesn't warrant up to 15 years in prison. Oswego County District Attorney Gregory Oakes says it's still not enough.
The case of the child's murder gripped Oswego County and the surrounding region for more than a year. Jones was eventually found guilty and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for killing his stepsister inside their home in August 2008.
The DA's office is appealing to get the murder charge reinstated, while the defense is appealing to have the case thrown out all together.
Oakes says he is confident that parole will not be granted because Jones has yet to admit to the crime.