YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – As John Dellick parents, including his mother who is Mahoning County’s Juvenile Court judge, sat behind him, prosecutors urged a judge to treat Dellick as anyone else who had violated probation.
“I think anybody else would be placed in handcuffs and taken away to Lorain Correctional, so that’s what we’re asking,” said Prosecutor Brian Deckert during a hearing Wednesday.
Since the beginning of this year, Dellick has been arrested twice for violating the terms of his release after being sentenced in February of 2015 on assault and felonious assault charges. He was placed on probation for 18 months, but in April, Dellick was caught with marijuana and ordered to begin an in-house treatment program. A month earlier, police said he was found to be in possession of a gun.
In court Wednesday afternoon, his caregivers told the judge that Dellick has been a model patient.
“He has been able to recognize his shortcomings and character deficits, and he’s working through all these,” said Dr. Joseph Sitarik, who works at the Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic.
Dellick’s father, who is also an attorney, said after years of trying to address his son’s problems, his most recent arrest finally brought about the right course of treatment for both his addiction and his depression.
“We never had any idea of that John was dealing with his mental health issues through substance abuse,” said John Dellick, Sr.
When it was his turn to speak, Dellick, Jr. told the judge he is finally on the right path.
“I’m 64 days sober today, and I take it one day at a time, because that’s all I really have,” he said.
Visiting Judge Michael Nunner agreed to allow Dellick to continue with his counseling and treatment. He will go for treatment five hours a day, five days a week at the Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic and will stay at a 3/4 house nearby.
“People will be watching, and if you fail to meet the standards that are expected, you know you’ll be back here,” Judge Nunner said.
As part of that, the judge also ordered Dellick be subject to random drug testing to ensure he stays clean.