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Remember the vet who's daughter stole his home?

Here's an update, very sad :(


After raising money from Internet donors, a 92-year-old man's attempts to buy back from his daughter the house he built have been rejected as he awaits his eviction hearing next week.

John Potter of Zaleski, Ohio, received an eviction notice from his daughter, Janice Cotrill, and son-in-law earlier this year, saying they had terminated his "existing lease."

Potter and his granddaughter, Jaclyn Fraley, raised $139,603 on the website in the hopes of making an offer on the home he built about 56 years ago.

"To me the situation is just so heartbreaking," said Fraley, who believes the judge will have no choice but to evict her grandfather, a World War II veteran. Fraley said she cried when her grandfather's attorney told her the recent offer for the home was rejected.

Potter said he's fought some battles and won some, and this is not one he expected to lose. But he said, "We are going to walk away with our heads held high."

An eviction hearing is scheduled for June 26 at the Vinton County Courthouse after it was originally set for June 12.

"He knows that we tried everything," said Fraley, 35.

Potter had a market appraisal conducted on the home which showed that its value was $47,000 plus a tract of land worth $2,830, together which was much lower than the value he and his granddaughter had expected.

They made an offer to Cottrill through their attorney for the market value of the home and received a counter-offer that was about $85,000 plus about $4,000 and $11,500 for the eviction process and attorney fees.

Potter said he is reluctant to offer more than what the market appraisal for the home indicated.

After discussing with his granddaughter and attorney, Potter made a second offer of $60,005.23 on June 13, but Cottrill, they said, declined that as well without a counter-offer.

In a document shown to ABC News, a rejection letter from the attorney of Cottrill and her husband, dated June 14 states, "They find the offer unacceptable and decline the same."

Cottrill declined to comment to ABC News.

The story goes back to 2004, when Potter and his wife, who has since died, gave the general power of attorney to his daughter for future matters if they declined in health, including to take care of her autistic adult brother, now 64. His daughter Janice Cottrill eventually used that power to allegedly convey the deed to the one-story home to herself, Fraley said. In 2010, Potter said he learned of the deed transfer and switched power of attorney to his granddaughter, Fraley.

A second action is pending in probate court over what kind of contact Potter can have with his son, who is living with Cottrill. Her husband is the guardian of her brother. On a temporary order issued about six months ago, Potter has visitation rights to see his son.

Tim Gleeson, Potter's attorney, said, "We think it makes a lot of sense to try to resolve both cases."

Gleeson said the independent market appraisal is derived from recent sales of similar homes in the area. Gleeson said if Cottrill or her attorney had an issue with the appraisal, they might be open to Cottrill conducting another one. But without a counter-offer from the other party, Gleeson said the next alternative is to look for other housing for Potter.

"It's just one of the saddest cases I've been involved in," said Gleeson. "Mr. Potter is a delightful gentleman and his granddaughter is so loving. I'm discouraged that it may not end in a good result. But we'll keep trying."

Fraley said she has considered alternative housing options for her grandfather, including building an addition to his caretaker's home, or buying a new home. She said the money raised by has stayed untouched and she says she is willing to be completely transparent with how the money is used by her grandfather.

Potter, who mostly relies on his pension for income, is not paying rent to his daughter

"Everyone who sent us money said they didn't want to give a dime of to [Cottrill]. People told my grandfather to take the money and buy a different house," Fraley said.

Fraley, who said she moved from San Diego for a nursing job in Columbus, Ohio, to be closer to her grandfather, said it is not possible for her to move to rural Zaleski due to her commute, which is about an hour and a half south of Columbus.

Potter wants to stay near his friends and his son, so Fraley said she would hope for him to stay in the same community. But she is concerned about the impact that a move will have on her grandfather, who turned 92 on May 23.

"For me, the hardest part in all this is what it's going to do to him: taking a 92-year old man and forcing him to leave his home. I was trying to keep it so he could have a calm, quiet end of life. His health is weaker," she said. "Right now I don't think he truly believes this is happening, because he never thought this would happen."


I hope that bitch gets her ass seriously kicked. My heart breaks for this poor man. 

What do you think about this? I wish there was a way I could help him. 


Asked by LostSoul88 at 1:47 PM on Jun. 20, 2013 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (11)
  • That is so wrong on so many levels. What the fuck could have been the possible motive behind such a low class move? I mean, would it have been so hard just to let him die in peace and then take control of the home afterwards (as stated in his will and POA).

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 2:15 PM on Jun. 20, 2013

  • She is such a bitch! Who does that to their own dad? I hope a house falls on her head!

    Answer by kmath at 1:53 PM on Jun. 20, 2013

  • Okay, I don't have enough characters here to print the list of swearwords I want to hurl at that man's daughter. She would have gotten the house in a few years anyway; why couldn't she have just waited till her dad passed away in peace? Grrrr!

    Answer by Ballad at 3:20 PM on Jun. 20, 2013

  • There is a special place for this woman, she should be locked up! I hope that something can happen where the father can get his home back, but wouldn't it be wonderful if we could help raise enough money so he and his grand-daughter and disabled child could get a mansion?

    Answer by 2kids2dogs2cats at 2:39 PM on Jun. 20, 2013

  • Wow! What a total B*^%!! She should be ashamed of doing such a thing to her own father. WTH is wrong w/ this woman?! I think the granddaughter should be commended for standing up & doing the right thing. I hope that somehow this sweet old man gets to stay in his own home. But if for some reason his female dog of a daughter wins, at least he now has the funds to relocate thanks to the generosity of strangers. I know that there's a special place in Hell for people like his daughter. Shame on her!


    Answer by mrsmom110 at 1:56 PM on Jun. 20, 2013

  • I just wonder what we are not hearing.. I could not see myself doing this to anyone much less my father but he is a great man. This man although 92 may not have been so kind and I keep wondering if this is her way of getting "revenge".. So sad. I say no matter what, let the man live in his home until his death..

    Answer by midnightmoma at 1:59 PM on Jun. 20, 2013

  • I wonder what the rest of the community thinks of that bitch. How anyone could be so cold hearted I just don't know.

    Answer by anime_mom619 at 3:39 PM on Jun. 20, 2013

  • If there is a hell she belongs there.

    Answer by healthykidsmom at 11:05 PM on Jun. 20, 2013

  • I think her community should refuse service to her and give her the cold shoulder.

    Answer by marymargret at 5:00 PM on Jun. 20, 2013

  • the daughter must be a fairly horrid not even care that all of America thinks shes a rotten bitch. and all for what?! a house thats not even worth $50K?! and then trying to keep him from seeing his son?! who the hell does she think she is?!

    i wish the judge could legally screw her over and let her know how awful she is.

    Answer by okmanders at 9:57 PM on Jun. 20, 2013