Chapman to preside at damages hearing in Rick Jones' breach of contract case

Amelia Flood Jul. 22, 2010, 6:59am

A Madison County judge is set to decide how much in damages former real estate maven Rick Jones should get in a breach of contract suit against a home buyer.

Jones won a default judgment against defendant Melissa Tucker earlier this year.

Jones alleged Tucker violated their agreement when she failed to go through with her purchase of a home in one of his developments.

He is currently serving time in prison on federal tax evasion charges. That term began last year and was set for 15 months.

Jones's suit seeks damages of at least $50,000.

The hearing is set for July 29 at 10:30 a.m.

Madison County Chief Judge Ann Callis originally helmed the case before it was assigned to Madison County Associate Judge Thomas Chapman in May.

The hearing had been continued at the request of the plaintiff.

Jones has another breach of contract suit pending against the City of Wood River, also stemming from a real estate deal.

That case is assigned to Madison County Circuit Judge David Hylla.

Jones is represented in the Tucker suit by Harry Sterling.

The Tucker case is Madison case number 09-L-891.

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