Jilted fiancee gets $53K ring due to man’s rude text message


BUFFALO, N.Y. — A text message to his jilted fiance has cost a western New York man $53,000.

Louis Billittier Jr. broke up with his bride-to-be in 2012, sending the bad news by text message. When his girlfriend, Christa Clark, replied angrily, he texted back, “Plus you get a $50,000 parting ring. Enough for a down payment on a house.”

Those fateful words convinced a state Supreme Court judge that the ring was no longer involved in a marriage contract, but was now a “parting gift.”

Billittier had sued Clark to get the ring back. But the Buffalo News (http://bit.ly/1ifeguL ) reports that Judge Russell Buscaglia ruled last week that Clark was entitled to the white gold, 2.97-carat diamond ring or its fair market value.

Billittier’s lawyer declined to comment.