Man sentenced to probation in ski-rage case |

Man sentenced to probation in ski-rage case

Alexis De La Cruz

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS A 52-year-old Littleton man who assaulted a 16-year-old girl on the slopes of the Steamboat Ski Area in January was sentenced Wednesday to one year of unsupervised probation.Routt County Court Judge James Garrecht also ordered Randell Berg to complete 24 sessions of anger management classes; submit to a psychiatric exam; perform 48 hours of community service; pay $900 in fines; and write a letter of apology to the 16-year-old and her family.Garrecht told Berg he was fortunate to avoid jail time. Berg pleaded guilty to misdemeanor third-degree assault earlier this year after striking a deal with the District Attorneys Office. The deal allowed Berg to avoid time behind bars. The victim and her family and Larry Combs, Bergs attorney, agreed to the deal.I just want to tell you I had someone in here this week who assaulted a teenage boy, and the boy actually blacked out for a few minutes. I sentenced that man to six months in jail. Jail time was an option I was seriously considering here, Garrecht said.Berg was arrested in January after he attacked and punched the 16-year-old Steamboat Springs snowboarder after she collided with Bergs 8-year-old daughter on a ski trail. Neither girl was seriously injured. Berg told police officers that after making sure his daughter was OK, he just lost control.Mr. Berg has no hesitation admitting that what he did was wrong. Hes been humiliated by the harm hes caused this young lady. Hes never treated someone so badly in his life, Combs said during a March court appearance.On Wednesday, Garrecht told the victim who appeared in court with her sister and mother that he hoped she will be able to move past the ordeal.I hope you recover from this and it just becomes a bad memory, he said.Garrecht also said he is concerned that ski rage is becoming a trend, noting that ski rage incidents are becoming more common.Skier rage is getting to be a more popular occurrence. Were seeing more and more of this type of behavior, which is an unfortunate situation, he said. This story is from the Steamboat Pilot & TodayVail, Colorado

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