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Feds indict John Dellick on firearms charge

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – John Dellick, the son of Mahoning County Juvenile Court Judge Theresa Dellick, is facing federal charges.

Last week, a federal grand jury secretly indicted him for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. He was arrested Monday morning at the Adult Parole Authority offices downtown and taken to court for a hearing later in the afternoon.

In June, a judge determined that the 22-year-old was allowed to stay on probation, despite calls from prosecutors to have him locked up for violating the terms of conviction on assault charges in December 2014.

“In January, he was arrested by Boardman Police and found to have a 25-caliber pistol, which, obviously, he’s forbidden from having,” said Mike Tobin. “We try to reserve the power of the federal court for people who we consider to be dangerous, to be people who are a threat to the community who clearly should not have firearms.”

Dellick’s lawyer, Attorney Dave Betras, says this is nothing new.

“It’s not mandatory time…We’ve already dealt with it in the common pleas court, but the federal government indicted it.”

However, federal prosecutors are taking the case seriously enough to ask the judge to have Dellick jailed at least until Wednesday when a detention hearing is scheduled.

“If somebody goes through court and then violates the orders of the court, that is problematic,” Tobin said.

Betras says he is concerned that Dellick, who is now undergoing in-patient mental health counseling, will not get that help while he’s behind bars.

“We’ve just got to figure out what’s in the best interest of society. Certainly what’s in the best interest of my client.”

Dellick is currently being housed at the privately-run prison on Youngstown’s east side until a federal judge determines whether or not he needs to remain in custody until his trial this September.

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