Texas Teen Receives Probation after Killing 4 in Drunk Driving Accident
Prosecutors and victims’ families were left stunned after a court ruling in which a judge sentence a teen responsible for the deaths of four pedestrians in a drunk driving accident to 10 years probation.
Defense Claims Drunk Driving Teen Product of “Affluenza”
- According to CNN, Texas teen Ethan Couch, 16, will receive no jail time and instead will only face 10 years probation and a stay at a rehab center for his role in a drunk driving collision that killed four in Fort Worth last Father’s Day.
- The trial began last Wednesday when Couch admitted before the court, his family and the families of his victims that he was responsible for the accident. It was up to Judge Jean Boyd to determine the appropriate sentence for the teen.
- While the prosecution pressed for Couch to receive the maximum sentence, 20 years of incarceration, Judge Boyd instead opted for a much more lenient sentence which is now drawing heavy criticism.
- The defense, claiming therapy would be the best option, argued that Couch was the product of “affluenza,” being raised in a family which believed wealth bought privilege and special treatment.
- According to defense attorneys, Couch was given whatever he wanted and was never given any boundaries nor punished for his past mistakes. As such, he never learned to discern right from wrong.
- In addition to the 10 years probation, Couch will undergo rehabilitation at a therapy center in California. CBS-DFW reports that his parent will be picking up the $450,000 a year bill.
- Judge Boyd has not commented on the ruling.
About the Deadly Drunk Driving Accident
“We had over 180 years of life taken, future life not 180 years lived, but 180 years of future life taken and two of those were my wife and daughter.” – Eric Boyles as published by CBS-DFW
- Reports show that 16-year-old Ethan Couch had a blood alcohol content of .24 percent, three times the legal limit, when he plowed into two vehicles and a group of pedestrians, killing four.
- Among those killed were Breanne Mitchell, whose vehicle had broken down on the narrow road, and youth pastor Brian Jennings who had stopped to render aid.
- Also killed were Hollie and Shelby Boyles, mother and daughter, who had left their home in order to help Mitchell
- Authorities estimate that Couch was traveling in excess of 70 mph down the 40 mph road leading up to the fatal collision. Two passengers in the back of Couch’s truck were ejected leaving one paralyzed and unable to speak due to brain injuries.
- First responders compared the resulting mayhem to that found at the scene of a plane crash.
- Video footage presented by the prosecution showed Couch and two friends stealing beer from a nearby Wal-Mart. Authorities also determined that Couch had valium in his system at the time of the wreck.
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