Judge unhappy with plea deal in ski rage case | SummitDaily.com

Judge unhappy with plea deal in ski rage case

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – A man arrested in January for allegedly punching a 16-year-old girl while on the slopes of a ski resort pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor third-degree assault.In a plea deal criticized by the judge as being too lenient, Randell Berg, 52, would serve one year of unsupervised probation, take anger management classes, perform 80 hours of community service and serve a two-day jail sentence.”This is a very bizarre occurrence. No one should ever be assaulted on a ski slope. It’s outrageous a grown man would attack a woman. It’s even more outrageous for that woman to be a young girl,” Judge James Garrecht said after tentatively approving the deal.Garrecht said he thought Berg’s punishment should be harsher and postponed sentencing for six weeks for a pre-sentencing investigation to obtain additional insight into the case.Berg is scheduled back in court April 19.Berg allegedly punched the female snowboarder after she collided with his 8-year-old daughter on the mountain. Neither girl was seriously injured.

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