Man gets 18 months for chase, escape


By Joe Gorman

jgorman@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

A man who was a suspect in a string of thefts in Mill Creek Park last year was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison.

Judge Anthony D’Apolito of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court told DeLord Green, 26, that he decided to abide by the recommended 18-month prison sentence in Green’s plea agreement because it seems to suit the way Green is leading his life.

The judge also dealt with Green dating back to when Green was 15 and Judge D’Apolito was a magistrate in juvenile court,

The judge said he tried everything he could think of to steer Green away from a life of crime since he first dealt with him in the juvenile court system, but Green has had several other convictions as an adult. Court records show he has had six prior cases in common pleas court since the time he was 19.

“The reason I will abide by the agreement is because I can’t stop him from being what he wants to be,” Judge D’Apolito said. “I can contain him or protect him from himself for awhile.”

Green was arrested in October after a chase by Mill Creek MetroParks police on the South Side during an investigation of car break ins at the park.

Green was taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital after the chase, where he jumped out of an ambulance and had to be chased again.

He pleaded guilty to charges of receiving stolen property and escape in relation to his actions in that case.

He also entered a guilty plea to a charge of illegal use of food stamps or WIC benefits.

Green said he had been doing well for several years but turned to drugs after a family member died and his brother was given a lengthy prison sentence for a shooting death.

“It ain’t no excuse, but there was a lot of stuff I was going through, and I used drugs to cope with it,” Green said.

Judge D’Apolito said he hopes that this is the time that Green learns his lesson and gets tired of having his life interrupted every few years by having to serve time.

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