A New Jersey physician who three years ago viciously 12 year old boy in a & # 39; ski anger & # 39; attacked, will now spend the next three Valentine's Days behind bars, a judge said Wednesday.
Dr. Samuel Caruthers, 47, will spend 24 hours behind the bars of Sussex County prison on February 14, 2020 and will repeat the trial again in 2021 and for the last time in 2022.
The specific prison bars serve as a strict message from Judge Thomas J. Critchley, who chose the specific date because that was the day the attack took place in 2016 – a fateful day that, according to the victim's mother, continued to haunt her son.
Jacob Azamoun, now 16, was beaten by Caruthers and stabbed with a ski pole while snowboarding at the Mountain Creek resort in Vernon.
The disgraceful doctor would have gotten angry after Azamoun was bumped into his 10-year-old son on a bunny ramp, resulting in the violent altercation.
Samuel Caruthers, 47, will spend 24 hours behind bars at Sussex County prison on February 14, 2020 and will repeat the trial in 2021 and 2022
Caruthers hit Jacob Azamoun, now 16, and stabbed him with a ski stick while he was snowboarding at the Mountain Creek resort in Vernon.
On behalf of his client, Caruthers' lawyer, George Daggett, asked the judge to consider the emotions that ran through the suspect's head as he watched his son be beaten up and flew into the air. the New Jersey Herald.
& # 39; The jury did not find him guilty of serious abuse. There was no hit, punch, blow, & lt; Daggett stated in court Wednesday. & # 39; He is not here because he is a criminal, he is here because he cares about his son. & # 39;
Caruthers expressed regret about his actions, emphasizing that he felt very sorry about what happened, and believed that she reacted in the same way he would have done my child by & # 39; a car or train would be hit & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I jumped right in front of my nose and defended my child not to be hit another time & # 39 ;, he said.
& # 39; The next thing I see is that rude language is thrown at me and a blunt, and it was just a reflex that I hit back. I never intended to harm anyone. & # 39;
But prosecutors showed Caruthers praise, pointing out that he had changed his story many times in the course of the investigation, trying to find different ways to justify his reaction.
& # 39; This defendant has no credibility whatsoever and his condolences go up here today, as I would suggest, many deaf ears because they have no real significance & # 39 ;, said assistant prosecutor Don Cox in court.
& # 39; If he is sorry, it is a regret that he was convicted by this jury and he is being convicted here today. & # 39;
The disgraceful doctor would have gotten angry after Azamoun crashed his 10-year-old son on a rabbit ramp, which led to the violent argument
A tearing Caryn Azamoun, the victim's mother, explained to the judge during Caruthers' conviction that her son is still suffering from nightmares and paranoia as a result of the actions of the 47-year-old.
Caryn read a letter to her son Caryn and said: & # 39; [Caruthers attack] has hit me in more than one way … [I am bothered by] repeated nightmares, visual and auditory triggers to ski or ski references snowboarding and paranoia, & # 39; the NJ Herald said
Caruthers previously served probation after allegedly attacking a man in Maryland in 2010 – a case later cracked the reputation. He was involved in an argument with a demonstrator in 2013, but the case was later rejected.
In a 45-minute speech to Caruthers, the judge said that he was taking his actions on the slopes as & # 39; an act of aggression and anger & # 39; not the self-defense he had previously claimed during the hearing.
Caruthers was convicted in April of a third-degree child in danger, assault and fourth-degree illegal possession of a weapon.
In addition to the total time of 72 hours in prison, served over a three-year period, he serves a probationary period of three years for each of the three charges for which he has been convicted.
A probation period of two years will also be served for an unauthorized person who commits a violation of a simple attack, whereby both probation conditions are implemented simultaneously.
Caruthers will have to undergo a thorough personality and psychological assessment, follow an anger management course, undergo 200 hours of community service, and pay various court fines and fees.
Passing the sentence, Critchley acknowledged that a state prison sentence had an & # 39; exaggerated response & # 39; would have been, taking into account all aspects of the case.
The Attorney General's office will now consider withdrawing Caruthers' medical license or not.
He currently has three active medical offices in Hamburg, Hackettstown and Boonton.
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