Man Killed Stepsister Who Was Starved By Parents

A 28-year-old central New York man has been found guilty of murdering his 11-year-old stepsister, who lived in filth and was starved by her parents.

The jury of 12 men convicted Alan Jones of Palermo on Thursday after deliberating about 12 hours over two days.

Jones' attorney had argued Erin Maxwell accidentally hanged herself while acting out a scene from a "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie in her bedroom on Aug. 29, 2008. Prosecutors argued Jones strangled Maxwell.

Jones faces a maximum of life in prison.

Authorities say the family's home was littered with piles of feces from the more than 100 cats living there. Maxwell's parents have been convicted of multiple child endangerment charges and await sentencing.


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  • by Anonymous on Sep 27, 2009 at 07:17 PM
    Since when is a jury all men?
  • by John Y Location: Richlands on Sep 27, 2009 at 11:01 AM
    Ultimatey this 28 year old has to live with the fact that he took the life of his stepsister however, he is 28. What was he doing still living at home what is his mental status? the parents are charged with child endangerment are they not over all the ones who took her life? It has only been report so much, there is still questions out there unless you set in the court.
  • by hope Location: NC on Sep 26, 2009 at 08:02 PM
    To Im, I also do NOT condone killing anyone, however do believe the child is in a better place as a result. Isn't it sad that she wasn't removed from the home during the earlier investigations? Simply put, the almighty 'system' failed her. God bless these children. RIP little one. This story broke my heart.
  • by B Location: NC on Sep 26, 2009 at 07:49 PM
    He must be mentally challenged. What is a 28 year old doing living at home and if he wasn't he could have gotten her out of that situation.
  • by lm Location: nc on Sep 26, 2009 at 03:39 PM
    I have to agree with 'hope' to a certain extent. I know that the story doesn't say it but it seems that the step-brother felt this was the only way to 'rescue' this step-sister from his parents' hands. He probably had a lot going through his mind. But in the end I don't condone killing anyone even if the intent was good.
  • by hope Location: NC on Sep 26, 2009 at 12:41 PM
    The story states the parents had already been "convicted of multiple child endangerment charges". This is further evidence of how our country turns a blind eye toward the abused, neglected, & unwanted children of America. How many chances were there for this poor child to have been rescued. Our tax $ would be better spent on taking the children from these homes & placing them in a live in facility. The public school teachers could help ID them. Some people simply do not deserve children & 3 strikes shouldn't apply here. Build homes for children & invest in America's future. We have a responsibility to the children. Who knows what these saved children could contribute back to society. What a better expenditure of $ than building prisons & dealing with the crime in society. I know many will not understand this, but I believe the child is better off dead. Obviously no one was coming to her rescue. I KNOW she is in a better place. RIP little one.
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