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Veteran Buys Back His Home Before Daughter Evicted Him

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A 92-year-old decorated combat veteran threatened with eviction by his daughter is getting his home back.

John Potter was given an eviction notice on his home of 54 years earlier this year.  His daughter Janice Cottrill and her husband Dean served her father with the notice after she gained rights to his home through power-of-attorney. The notice said they had terminated his existing lease.

Thursday, Potter and his granddaughter Jaclyn Fraley purchased his home back one month before a Vinton County Court was going to make a final ruling on his eviction.

Potter and Fraley raised $139,000 through after NBC4's original story brought Potter's dilemma to light.

"Thank you to over 5,000 wonderful donors who made it possible to buy back grandpa's house," said Fraley.

"In 2004, she signed his house, deeded his house to herself by power-of-attorney which in the state of Ohio is illegal," said Fraley.

Fraley took over as Potter's power of attorney in 2010 after she and her grandfather became aware of the deed transfer.

Shortly after the discovery, Fraley and her grandfather petitioned a Vinton County Court to get his home back. That court ruled in his favor, but his daughter appealed that ruling and the appeals court ruled that she legally owned the home.

"Sadly once the property was granted back to them by the court of appeals, based on the statute of limitations having passed, we are left with no options," Fraley said.

Fraley said they are not revealing how much her grandfather had to pay his daughter, but said the remaining funds will be used for his care. Fraley said Potter is too frail and ill to talk, but said he was elated to be able to remain in his home.

Fraley said she was making other arraignments to move her grandfather out of his home, because earlier negotiations were not going well with her mother and father-in-law.

"Here we are we were able to make an agreement it is probably one of the happiest days we've had in a long time," Fraley said.

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