Mahoning County opens its veterans court
YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning County Common Pleas Veterans’ Court made its debut in a celebration this afternoon.
The event marked the initial certification of the felony-level specialty court by the Ohio Supreme Court.
Judge Shirley J. Christian is presiding over the new court, and her successor, Judge-elect Anthony D’Apolito, who takes office Jan. 1, said he will continue it.
The court, one of 21 veterans’ courts in Ohio, will serve military veterans charged with low-level, nonviolent crimes.
Participating veterans will plead guilty to the charges they face; and those charges can be dismissed if they complete a closely-monitored, court-ordered treatment program.
A veteran will be assigned as a mentor to each participant.
Judge Robert Milich operates a similar misdemeanor veterans’ court in Youngstown Municipal Court.
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