Alan Jones, who was convicted of killing his stepsister Erin Maxwell in 2008, was given the maximum sentence of 5 to 15 years Wednesday morning for the reduced charge of manslaughter in Oswego County Court.
Jones was released from state prison and moved back to Oswego Countylast week after his murder conviction was lowered to manslaughter by a State Appellate Division Panel in a unanimous decision earlier this month.
Jones was serving 25 years to life at the Great Meadows Correctional Facility in Comstock.
The 11-year-old Maxwell's death sent a shockwave through the community. Police say she was forced to live in a Palermo home full of garbage, animals and feces, and was often locked in a caged-in room. The girl's parents, Lynn and Lindsay Maxwell, were convicted of separate counts of endangering the welfare of a child and spent nearly two years in jail.