April 14, 2005
Three Alpine County sheriff’s deputies were awarded for their participation in a rape case that resulted in the convicted rapist sentenced to six years in prison.
Spencer Case, Ron Michitarian and Don Skinner received certificates of appreciation from the Alpine County Victim-Witness Assistance Program on April 5.
The three deputies all smiles as they left the Administrative Building board room with their awards in hand. They said they were happy with the outcome of the case. The sentencing had taken place March 7, without requiring the victim to testify.
“The victim didn’t have to appear in court,” said Case.
In December, Samuel Jesus Carter, 25, went to a party at a Kirkwood Mountain Resort residence where the 21-year-old victim was staying. He returned through unlocked doors when she was alone and sleeping on Dec. 20.
Carter was a new hire for the housecleaning crew at the ski resort. His last know residence was Woodfords.
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The victim was visiting her brother, an employee at Kirkwood, according to Alpine County District Attorney Will Richmond.
Carter pleaded guilty to the charge on Jan. 31.