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At Ms. Maxwell’s trial, prosecutors presented a case over 10 days that centered on testimony from four accusers, all now adults.

Two women said Mr. Epstein engaged in sex with them when they were as young as 14. One woman said Ms. Maxwell was sometimes present during the encounters; the other testified that Ms. Maxwell had molested her directly, touching her breasts.

“Maxwell was a sophisticated predator who knew exactly what she was doing,” Alison Moe, an assistant U.S. attorney, told the jury in a closing argument. “She manipulated her victims, and she groomed them for sexual abuse.”

The government is scheduled to file its sentencing recommendation with Judge Nathan next week.

Ms. Maxwell’s lawyers, in their brief, also reiterated long-raised arguments that she had endured extreme conditions after she was denied bail and held in a detention center in Brooklyn. For 22 months, they said, she was locked in an isolation cell, measuring 9-by-7 feet, and monitored constantly by video cameras.

They said her “extraordinary conditions of solitary confinement” justified a “hard-time credit.”

Ms. Maxwell’s lawyers wrote that after Ms. Maxwell’s conviction, she was moved into the jail’s general population, where the Oxford University graduate worked as an orderly, completed several educational courses and “eagerly provided a wide variety of assistance to the women in her unit, including G.E.D. tutoring.”

But while in the general population, the lawyers said, she also was the “target of a credible death threat from a fellow inmate.”