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Morris County man will spend the next 3 Valentine’s Days in jail for attacking 12-year-old with ski pole

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A Morris County man who attacked a boy at Mountain Creek in 2016 will spend each of the next three Valentine’s Days in jail.

Samuel Caruthers, 47, of Mountain Lakes was sentenced by the Honorable Thomas J. Critchley, Jr., J.S.C., at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton on June 26.

Caruthers was convicted on April 3, 2019 after a jury trial, of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, fourth-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, and a disorderly persons simple assault.

The jury found that on February 14, 2016, while at a Mountain Creek ski slope in Vernon Township, Caruthers assaulted a 12-year-old snowboarder by punching him in the face multiple times and/or striking him with a ski pole causing injuries to the boy’s back, ribs and lip.

Caruthers was sentenced to three days in jail and three years of probation.  The three days in jail must be served in 24 hour increments on February 14, the anniversary of the offenses, during every year of his probation.

Caruthers must submit to a thorough psychiatric evaluation and an evaluation of his personality, successfully complete an approved anger management program, perform 200 hours of community service work, have no contact with the victim and his family, submit a DNA sample and pay fines and fees totaling $1,455.00.

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(Photo Sussex County Courthouse: Courtesy NJ Courts)

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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