Mary Jo Pearson, convicted on 24 counts of theft by deception, listens while Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Ingraham imposes community control sanctions during a Wednesday afternoon proceeding. Sitting with her is defense attorney Joseph Benevidez. Pearson, owner of Pearson Memorials, pocketed money customers paid her to buy cemetery monuments.
Mary Jo Pearson entered Mercer County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday afternoon staring straight ahead without so much as a glance toward former customers she bilked out of nearly $56,000. [More