Thanks to a property dispute, a retired NYPD cop risks being arrested if he enters a portion of his house in Westchester County, N.Y.
The New York Daily News reports that the trespassing ruling earlier this year is the latest turn in the decade-old battle between William Cullen and the widow of New York Jets player Sam DeLuca.
Their houses are on opposite sides of stone wall that was built more than 100 years ago. The stone was the the undisputed boundary for years, but a subsequent survey redrew the property lines and put three feet of Cullen’s house on DeLuca’s property.
Cullen sought to do home repairs, but couldn’t get a permit from town officials because the house wasn’t on his property anymore.
Apparently, the issue went to court, but a judge sided with the subsequent survey, meaning Cullen could be a trespasser in his own house if he enters the disputed area.
“This judge drew a line through my house, and said, ‘You don’t own this part of the house,’” Cullen told the Daily News.
DeLuca was a guard for the New York Jets in the 1960s. He became a broadcaster after sustaining a career-ending injury, according to The New York Times. He passed away in 2011.
DeLuca’s widow believes she’s been victorious in the property dispute.
“It’s all been settled in our favor,” said Diane DeLuca, according to the New York Daily News. “The case has been to the (state) Supreme Court in New York twice, and it’s all settled now.”
Cullen is reportedly trying to find an appeals lawyer in an attempt to convince a federal judge that “there’s something outrageously fraudulent here.”