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Home sellers sue Alton buyers for allegedly failing to pay

By Michael Abella | Jan 27, 2017

EDWARDSVILLE — A couple who sold their Alton home are suing the buyers for allegedly failing to pay the balance owed for the April purchase of the home.

Antonio and Rose Gonzalez of Florida filed a complaint on Jan. 12 in Madison County Circuit Court against Brandon and Kelly Cope, seeking possession of the property and more than $70,000.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that on April 29, 2013, they entered into a contract for deed for the sale of their property at 624 E. Fourth Street in Alton to the defendants. The maturity of the contract was extended to April 29 of last year, when the plaintiffs were to receive the full amount due, the suit states.

As of Nov. 29, the sum of $70,687.17 remained due and owing, the plaintiffs allege.

The plaintiffs allege the defendants failed and refused to pay off the amount specified in the contract and unlawfully withheld the plaintiffs' property.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment for the possession of the premises, an award for damages in the amount of $70,687.17, plus interest and costs of this suit.

They are represented by Robert E. Ryan of Robert E. Ryan, Attorney at Law in Alton.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 17-L-48

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