WAYNESBURG – After a series of emotional outbursts in court, a Carmichaels man convicted of holding a gun to his estranged wife’s head outside her workplace in October was sentenced Monday to spend up to 14 years in state prison.
“I would do anything to take that day back,” Steven T. Dulik Jr. said in Greene County court. “I didn’t go there that day with no intention to hurt my wife or my children.”
Dulik, 46, of 311 Liberty St., was convicted by a jury in May of aggravated assault, firearms not to be carried without a license, terroristic threats, simple assault, harassment, disorderly conduct and two counts of reckless endangerment following an incident that happened Oct. 25.
Three witnesses saw Dulik go to Dry Tavern Auto at 955 N. Eighty Eight Road in Jefferson Township that day. Police said he wanted to talk to his wife, Danielle Dulik, about their children, but when the two of them exited the building, Dulik grabbed her by the arm, dragged her through the parking lot, put her in a headlock and held a handgun to her head.
“I had no idea going to work that day to provide for my two young children could mean the end of my life,” Danielle read in a statement Monday. “There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about it.”
Police said Danielle’s co-worker, Joseph Milliken, ran up behind Dulik and pulled him to the ground, freeing Danielle, who ran across the street into a building, the criminal complaint said. Dulik pointed the gun at Milliken and started chasing after his wife, before getting into a truck and leaving, according to court documents.
“I was afraid to leave you because I was afraid you would try to kill me, and now I know that I was right,” Danielle said Monday.
The jury found him not guilty of a second count of simple assault, relating to his encounter with Milliken. A second count of terroristic threats, also related to Dulik’s encounter with Milliken, was dropped before the trial.
Greene County Judge Louis Dayich sentenced Dulik to 40 months to 14 years in state prison with credit for time served since Oct. 25. In his order, Dayich mentioned Dulik’s “profound issues” with substance abuse and mental health and suggested Dulik takes advantage of any state programming for coping skills, anger management and domestic violence issues. Dayich also ordered Dulik to have no contact with Danielle, unless it relates to the custody of their children.
After Danielle’s statement in court, Dulik’s mother Sandra Dulik also gave an emotional testimony against Dulik.
“Steven, you need to know what you’ve done to your family and to your children,” she said, raising her voice and crying. “Your daughter lost 13 pounds in one week because of what you did to Danielle. I am so angry with you – more than I’ve ever been in my life.”
Dulik, handcuffed, stood up in court and shouted over his mother, making accusations of childhood abuse, before sheriff’s deputies surrounded him and sat him back in his chair.
When Dulik testified, he said earlier on the day of the incident, he had wanted to kill himself.
“I Face-timed my wife and she hung up on me,” he said, sobbing loudly and uncontrollably. “I’m not a killer – I never hurt anyone. I never meant to hurt nobody but myself.”
Dulik asked the court for mercy and to consider his battle with addiction and mental health. He said he didn’t want his children to “grow up without a father.”
“I waited 42 years to meet somebody who made me as happy as she did, but it was the wrong timing because I was still in my addiction,” he said without elaborating. “I hope she doesn’t hate me ’cause I don’t want her telling my children that I’m some horrible monster.”