Alan Jones, Erin Maxwell's killer, denied parole once again, DA says

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Alan Jones, the man convicted for the strangulation death of his 11-year-old stepsister, Erin Maxwell, has been denied parole once again, according to Oswego County District Attorney Greg Oakes.

According to Oakes, the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision indicated Friday that Jones' parole application had been denied.

Jones was originally convicted of murder for Maxwell's death, however that conviction was reduced by an appeals court in 2012 to manslaughter. The result was a reduced sentence of 5 to 15 years, which Jones is currently serving.

“I am thankful to everyone who wrote the parole board and joined me in opposing Jones’s release.” Oakes said in a release. “I am relieved that the parole board listened to our voices, and I’m grateful that justice continues to be served.”

However, according to Oakes, an official at the Wallkill Correctional Facility said Jones may be eligible for release as soon as October 6, 2018, which is his conditional release date. Oakes explains that if Jones has no misconduct or behavioral issues, he automatically becomes eligible for release before the maximum sentence of 15 years by having earned "good time credit."

At the time of Erin's death, Jones said he found Erin Maxwell hanging from a rope in her bedroom. At trial, his defense claimed the rope had become entangled on a protruding screw in a window casing. Prosecutors however said Jones used the rope to strangle the little girl.

When investigators responded to the home, they encountered an overpowering stench, more than a hundred cats and other animals, piles of garbage and excrement. Before they could investigate the homicide of the 11-year-old girl, troopers had to call in the SPCA to clear out the animals. The home was in such disrepair, the Town of Palermo deemed it unfit to live in.

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