WARREN - A 36-year-old Champion man was sentenced Tuesday to six years behind bars for slicing his wife's leg with a pocket knife in an apparent attempt to make it appear as a suicide.
Christopher Dellick continued to maintain his innocence, insisting he was not a violent person.
''I'm a father and a son. I'm a disabled Marine,'' he said, trying to convince the judge to place him on probation.
A jury in June found Dellick guilty of felonious assault and not guilty of kidnapping his wife, Rebecca. He also was found not guilty of a lesser charge of abduction, not guilty of aggravated burglary and guilty of a lesser charge of trespassing into a habitation.
Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Andrew Logan gave Dellick the six years on the felonious assault and a concurrent 18 months on the trespass charge, despite assistant prosecutor Charles Morrow asking for more time to protect the victim in the case.
The victim / wife told the judge she began to see the violent side of her husband when tried to go through a divorce the first time and he would stalk her at work, at home and even in stores.
After the Oct. 17, 2013, episode, Rebecca Dellick, 43, said she never goes anywhere by herself, and the blinds are always drawn and the windows shut.
''Chris has a very jealous and obsessive personality. He dwells on stuff. I'm afraid that if Chris is given probation or a short sentence, it will not have a positive reaction,'' she said in her impact statement.
The woman testified that after Dellick cornered her and cut her leg in the bathroom of their Clearview Avenue home, he forced her to drive to the Housel Craft Road home of her ex-husband in Bristol, where they could pick up their 5-year-old daughter.
It was there that Rebecca yelled out that her husband was trying to kill her and she ran into the house while her husband and her ex-husband got into a scuffle that spilled over into the house. Jurors declined to see that as a burglary charge. Had they found it so, it could have meant an additional 10 years.
They also didn't believe the woman was held against her will in the car by her husband.