- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The former owner of a suburban Pittsburgh tombstone company will spend nearly 1 to 2 years in the county jail for failing to deliver more than $98,000 worth of grave monuments to 51 grieving families.

Fifty-three-year-old Curtis Eakman was sentenced Tuesday by an Allegheny County judge. He had pleaded guilty in March to theft by deception and deceptive business practices at defunct Penn Hills Monuments.

The judge imposed a sentence of one year less one day to two years less one day. By keeping the maximum sentence less than two years, Eakman will be able to serve his time in the county jail instead of a state prison.

Prosecutors say Eakman racked up debts with his engraver, installer and granite supplier that kept him from delivering the monuments to customers who were kept in the dark.

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