Pearson could get life for RH sisters’ deaths

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James Edward Pearson was found guilty on two counts of intoxication manslaughter. (Cameron County Jail photo)

BROWNSVILLE –Armando R. Villalobos, County and District Attorney for Cameron County, announced Friday that James Edward Pearson, 53, of Weatherford, Texas, was found guilty on two counts of intoxication manslaughter.

Assistant County and District Attorneys Maria DeFord and Brandy Bailey presented evidence, exhibits, and arguments to a jury in the 357th Judicial District Court during a four day jury trial.

According to police records, on Oct. 26, 2008, the defendant Pearson was operating his vehicle while intoxicated. He was traveling along FM 345 between Rio Hondo and San Benito when due to his intoxication his vehicle entered the lane of oncoming traffic causing a fatal three vehicle collision. The collision left Yanely Mendoza, 16, of Rio Hondo, dead at the scene and her sister, Yamily, fatally injured. Yamily Mendoza died in San Antonio approximately three months later due to injuries sustained from the violent car crash.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of the Dec. 12 edition of the San Benito News. Or view our E-Edition by clicking here.

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