Extreme Case of Family Conflict Over Inheritance

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In a lawsuit filed by Stacy Alley in a Tom Green County District Court, the woman alleges that her brother, Michael Gene Mowrey, ‘threatened her, by stating he was going to cut her throat and kill her.’

Here’s an extreme case of family conflict over inheritance: A lawsuit in Texas alleges that Michael Mowrey hit his sister Stacy Alley, shoved her and choked her. He was criminally charged with felony assault and accepted a plea deal.

However, these criminal proceedings do not result in repayment to the victim.

San Angelo Live’s recent article entitled “Sibling Choked Over Inheritance” reports that the reason for the incident wasn’t stated by the plaintiff in the court documents. However, court documents do reveal that their father’s inheritance was an object of contention.

Alley originally brought the lawsuit against her brother for monetary damages for medical bills, legal fees, lost wages and the emotional effects of the life-threatening attack.

Instead of going to trial, the brother and sister agreed to submit to mediation.

The results of the mediation were recently released. The outcome is binding.

They agree to partition or split the 446-acre cotton farm owned by their deceased father Gene Mowrey. In the agreement, Alley gets 306 acres and Mowrey gets 140 acres.

Mowrey must convey his one-half interest in the estate’s Oklahoma minerals to Stacey Hamilton (another sibling), along with his one-half interest in the escrowed mineral production attributable to the Oklahoma minerals.

The two sisters (Hamilton and Alley) are required under the deal to execute a deed that conveys all of their rights, title and interest in their father’s home to Michael. As a result, he will own 100% of that home.

The reason for the violent family conflict appears to have been a fight over their inheritance.

It was not clear if Michael Mowrey suffered any real losses as a result of the outburst.

While he lost a majority of the rights to the family cotton farm, and his share of the family’s mineral rights, he gained the home.

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Reference: San Angelo Live (June 27, 2021) “Sibling Choked Over Inheritance”

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