$1.2M Indian Hill 'dream home' lawsuit settled

Posted at 1:30 PM, Jan 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-20 14:47:34-05

CINCINNATI – The parties in a dispute over a $1.2 million Indian Hill “dream home” reached a settlement Wednesday, but the court fight may not yet be over.

Jacqueline "Crysta" Pleatman sought to get out of buying the home when, just days before closing, she said she found out that a man living next door had been convicted of attempting to murder a 13-year-old girl.

The seller, Grant Troja, sued Pleatman in 2013 claiming she breached their contract.

As the civil dispute wore on, Pleatman was charged with telecommunication harassment for nine emails prosecutors said she sent to Troja despite a court order. A judge then ordered Pleatman to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet, but officials said she cut it off, resulting in additional charges.

Pleatman’s attorney, Clyde Bennett II, said Wednesday that they were not allowed to give the details of the settlement, but neither side was overly happy with it.

Despite the settlement, Pleatman may be returning to civil court over the property. Bennett said they were considering appealing a judge's order clearing real estate broker Sibcy Cline from the case. An attorney representing Sibcy Cline said he could not comment on pending litigation.