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Press Release - Sentencing of Samuel Caruthers

Release Date: June 27, 2019

Sussex County Prosecutor Francis A. Koch announced the sentencing of Samuel Caruthers, who appeared before the Honorable Thomas J. Critchley, Jr., J.S.C., at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton on June 26, 2019.

Caruthers, age 47 of Mountain Lakes, 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 was ordered to 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.

Caruthers was convicted on April 3, 2019, of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a third degree crime, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, a fourth degree crime, and Simple Assault, a disorderly persons offense, after a jury trial presided over by the Honorable Thomas J. Critchley, Jr., J.S.C.  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 represented by George Daggett, Esq., and the State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Donald F. Cox, Jr.