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A doctor accused of punching a then 12-year-old snowboarder at Mountain Creek on February 14, 2016 has been sentenced to spend 72 hours in the Sussex County Jail. According to the New Jersey Herald, Samuel Caruthers' sentence will be served over a three year time period and he'll celebrate the next three Valentine's Days in jail.
The 47-year-old was accused of "stabbing" Jacob Azemoun, now 15, with a ski pole and punching him in the mouth six times after Azemoun allegedly ran into Caruthers' then 10-year-old son.
Azemoun previously testified that he was a beginner snowboarder and lost control on the ice. He also said running into the child was an accident and that he went back toward the child to see of he was alright.
Caruthers testified that he grabbed Azemoun's coat because he though he was going to hit his son a second time and Azemoun allegedly "took a swing" at him. The anesthesiologist said he punched the boy back, not knowing he was a child at the time, and claims he "was worried about preserving my son's life."
In addition to jail time, Caruthers will serve three years probation, must undergo a personality and psychological assessment, complete an anger management course, and complete 200 hours of community service.
Read the NJHerald.com story here.