OSWEGO, NY Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Not long after sending a note to Judge Walter Hafner saying they were deadlocked, the jury in the Alan Jones murder trial sent a second note to the judge.
They had reached a verdict.
Jones, 28, was on trial for second-degree murder in connection with the death last August of his 11-year-old stepsister, Erin Maxwell.
When the foreman of the 12-man jury read the verdict there was a muted reaction from the more than two dozen spectators in the courtroom.
Jones buried his face in both hands and appeared to cry.
His stepfather, Lindsay Maxwell, hugged his wife and Jones’ mother, Lynn Maxwell and his father, John Jones, sat stone-faced behind the defense table.
Alan Jones faces 25 years to life in prison when sentenced in November.