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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