A New Jersey doctor convicted of attacking a 12-year-old boy in a case of “ski rage” at a New Jersey resort on Valentine’s Day three years ago has just learned his punishment; he must spend the next three Valentine’s Days in jail. A state judge handed down the sentence Thursday to Samuel Caruthers.
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Dr. Samuel Caruthers, 47, of Mountain Lakes, has been sentenced to spending 24 straight hours in the Sussex County jail on Feb. 14, 2020, and then again in 2021 and 2022, according to the New Jersey Herald. The judge chose Valentine’s Day because that was the day the attack occurred in 2016.
Authorities have said Caruthers repeatedly punched the boy and stabbed him with a ski pole after the youth fell on the doctor and his then-10-year-old son while snowboarding on the bunny slope at the Mountain Creek resort in Vernon. The 12-year-old suffered injuries to his back, ribs, and lip in the attack. He said the collision was an accident.
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Caruthers was also ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, complete an anger management program and perform 200 hours of community service work. The doctor was also fined $1,455.00 and will be on probation for three years.
Caruthers was convicted in April of child endangerment and other counts. But a Sussex County jury also acquitted him of aggravated assault and a weapons charge.