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VIDEO: TX teen gets 10 years probation due to 'affluenza' after killing 4 while drunk driving


POSTED: Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 10:47am

UPDATED: Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 5:53pm

A Texas teenager got behind the wheel drunk and killed four.

Prosecutors pushed for a 20-year sentence for 16-year-old Ethan Couch, but a judge sentenced the teen to just 10 years, probation.

The teen's attorney chose an unusual defense to keep him out of prison.

Prosecutors and family members of victims were shocked when a judge sentenced 16-year-old Couch to 10 years probation, with no jail time.

A psychologist testified for the defense that the teen is a product of something he called "affluenza." This means, he basically doesn't link bad behavior with consequences because his parents taught him that wealth buys privilege.

The judge ruled Couch would not be released to his parents, and must undergo long-term treatment at an alcohol rehab center. His father has reportedly agreed to pay roughly $500,000 to send him to a pricey rehab center in California.

Couch's attorney said the sentence will teach the teen that there are consequences for his actions. Taking him away from his family and teaching him to be a responsible citizen, that's a consequence.

But victims' family members disagree.

Eric Boyles lost his wife and daughter in the accident and this verdict, he says, doesn't give victims' family the justice they need for closure.


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The judge has been paid off or is in bed with someone. This kid looks as if he could care less about killing a family. I hope that he gets the crap beat out of him someplace. Please place the address of the parents for the public to see. Lets go after the parents and there life style. Eye for an Eye will work but this family must be punished since the law has not been served. Dont forget the lawyer as it is as guilty as the family and there money. DESTROY THAT FAMILY AT ANY COST!!!

When I was a teenager, ignorance of the law was no excuse. I am saddened to say that if it was one of my girls, I would be visiting them in jail because I would have taught them about drinking and driving. In this day and time kids have to be taught early because the days of innocence for our children are over. My condolences to all the family of the deceased. I know you must feel betrayed by the system. God be with you!

When I was growing up, I was always told that ignorance of the law was no excuse and I knew that was the way it was! MY kid's were taught not only that, but if they were to kill someone from driving drunk, I would visit them in jail.

I think I have heard everything now, getting away with murder because your spoiled rotten. You are right sportytone1, the judge is just as guilty.

this judge should be removed from the bench, or at the very least, put his kids in a car with this idiot kid driving drunk and see if the Judge doesn't change his sentence.

I think it's typical. Just watch the news long enough at rich people, especially athletes, behaving badly & getting away with it. The kid may have a point. Fire & sue the judge. An example needs to be set. The judge is now just as culpable as the teen.

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