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Aurora man accused of killing father committed to mental care facility

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A Portage County judge on Monday ordered Colton J. Gavin, 24, of Aurora, committed to Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare in Sagamore Hills Township for treatment of mental illness.  Gavin is shown in September, when Judge Becky Doherty found him not guilty by reason of insanity in the 2018 stabbing death of his father.

An Aurora man who had been accused of stabbing his father to death will spend an indefinite amount of time getting treatment for mental illness at a Summit County facility.

Judge Becky Doherty committed Colton J. Gavin, 24, to Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare in Sagamore Hills Township during Gavin’s approximately 15-minute civil commitment hearing in Portage County Court of Common Pleas on Monday afternoon.

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“We’re very relieved that he’s finally going to get help after four years,” said Melanie Gavin, Colton Gavin’s mother, after the hearing. “And justice is served.”

Doherty said her choice of the facility was based on recommendations in a mental health assessment that determined Gavin “is a mentally ill person subject to hospitalization by court order in the least restricted treatment setting being consistent with public safety and Mr. Gavin’s treatment needs …”

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