Reports indicate that the home where Erin Maxwell lived and died caught fire overnight.
The home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, according to WSTM.
The home is vacant, so the fire is automatically of suspicious origin.
More details as we learn them.
The trial that unfortunately put Palermo in the public eye for two weeks also cost the town and its taxpayers nearly $3,000.
Put another way, the trial cost each of Palermo’s 3,600 residents about 80 cents.
Lynn and Lindsey Maxwell will fight the appeal of their convictions from their jail cells.
Oswego County Court Judge Walter Hafner Wednesday said no to a request from their lawyer, Sal Lanza, to allow the Maxwells to remain free on bail during their appeal.
Monica Hart worked with Lynn Maxwell at Seneca Hill Manor nursing home near Minetto. They were friendly. They used to talk on breaks to smoke a cigarette.
“She used to say she hated Erin,” Hart said of her talks with Lynn Maxwell about life at home.
“Hope you’re happy,” one shouted at Lindsey Maxwell. “You’re alive, she’s dead,” shouted another at Lynn Maxwell.
Lanza then began yelling above the noise of the crowd. “Go home to your trailers,” he taunted. “Go home and collect your welfare checks.”
Lynn and Lindsey Maxwell received the maximum punishment the law allows for keeping a child in a house full of cats, animal feces, and garbage.
Palermo Town Justice Robert Wood sentenced the Maxwells to a year in jail for each of the four counts of child endangerment for which they were convicted. The law allows a maximum sentence of two years for the crime. If they behave in jail, they could be out in about 16 months.
Lynn and Lindsey Maxwell got the maximum sentence Monday night in Palermo town court: 2 years in jail for endangering the welfare of Erin Maxwell.
Erin died in the family’s Palermo home, a home filled with animals and the smell of feces.Ã‚Â She died in her bedroom, a room that had two doors with locks on each one.
Her stepbrother, Alan Jones, was convicted of killing her.Ã‚Â He’s awaiting sentencing.Ã‚Â Erin’s father and stepmother were convicted after a two week town court trial of putting Erin in harm’s way by keeping an untidy home and by locking her in her room — charges the defense vigorously denied.
After court, a shouting match erupted when one of Lynn’s former coworkers shouted, “Bye, Lynn” at her.Ã‚Â Defense lawyer Sal Lanza, who had just asked the judge to ask everyone to stay silent, shouted back.
The shouting resumed in the parking lot, with Lanza telling people to “go back to their trailers” and “collect their welfare checks”.
The Maxwells will serve their time in the Oswego County Correctional Facility.
Lanza is appealing the conviction and plans to ask the judge to release the Maxwells on bail while the appeal is decided.
Full details later…
It’s sad because one person is dead and another person’s going to spend the vast majority of their life in prison, a member of Justice for Erin pointed out.
BREAKING NEWS: 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.
The jury in the Alan Jones murder case deliberated for four hours Wednesday afternoon without reaching a verdict. They will resume deliberations Thursday morning reviewing evidence and several testimonies as well.