Mahoning Co. judge’s son appears in court Monday

John Dellick appeared in court Monday to answer charges that he was in possession of a gun -- a violation of his probation on previous assault convictions.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – John Dellick, son of Mahoning County Juvenile Court Judge Theresa Dellick, appeared in court Monday to answer charges that he violated the terms of his probation by being in possession of a gun.

Dellick turned himself into parole agents Friday after someone found a gun in a Boardman hotel room where he was staying. He was not allowed to be around guns, as a condition of his previous felony assault conviction in relation to a road rage incident in October 2013 and a simple assault in another case involving his former girlfriend.

Dellick’s attorney, Dave Betras, said Dellick had the gun because he was going to commit suicide, but he later decided against it.

“He had gotten a gun and was going to kill himself. That’s not a defense; this is reality,” he said. “This man is sick and he wanted to kill himself.”

Dellick’s family said he received the firearm from an acquaintance on January 2, before checking into a hotel. He left that gun behind when checking out the next day.

His family said a friend convinced John to live. When he was sentenced to 18-months probation, Dellick’s attorney said he was receiving psychological help and taking medication.

“When you’re suffering from crushing depression, relapses can happen, and that’s what happened here,” said Betras.

In court, Dellick agreed to be held without bond for another nine days, until another court hearing, which allows time for a mental evaluation to determine what will happen next.

“The family, the court, the prosecutor, everyone wants to make sure John’s mentally OK,” said Betras. “And once we figure out that component of the case, we’re going to ask for bond.”

A visiting judge from Harrison County is handling the case.

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