Rich Teen Blames Affluenza For Fatal DWI, Only Gets 10 Years Probation

Thu, December 12, 2013 6:35pm EST by 4 Comments
Affluenza Teen Gets Probation
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A 16-year-old boy from an affluent Texas family was sentenced to 10 years probation after he killed four pedestrians while driving his pickup truck drunk. A psychologist testified at his Dec. 12 trial that he has ‘affluenza,’ an affliction of the wealthy, and didn’t deserve the 20-year prison sentence prosecutors wanted.

Ethan Couch, 16, stood trial on Dec. 12 for his June 15 crime, where he admitted to intoxicated manslaughter for killing four pedestrians while driving drunk. Prosecutors felt the court was way too lenient on the teen because of his family’s wealth, and needed a stronger sentence rather than rehab, which was the suggested solution for the teen’s “affluenza,” a term used to describe a sense of entitlement and excuse for poor behavior.

Affluenza Teen Gets Probation Only After Killing 4 In Fatal DWI Crash

Police said Ethan and seven friends were seen on a store surveillance video stealing two cases of beer before piling into his Ford F-350 pickup truck. The teen was speeding and had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit, according to the trial’s testimony, and was drinking under the legal age. He lost control of the truck and hit four pedestrians, killing Brian Jennings, a 43-year-old youth minister; Breanna Mitchell, 24; Shelby Boyles, 21; and her mother, Hollie Boyles, 52.

Prosecutors set out to give the teen a 20-year prison sentence, but a psychologist argued that the boy’s upbringing and wealthy family life resulted in him having “affluenza.”

“The simple term would be spoiled brat,”  Gary Buffone, a psychologist who does family wealth advising, told USA TodayHe said the term should not hold up as an excuse in court. “Essentially what he (the judge) has done is slapped this child on the wrist for what is obviously a very serious offense which he would be responsible for in any other situation. The defense is laughable, the disposition is horrifying … not only haven’t the parents set any consequences, but it’s being reinforced by the judge’s actions.”

Victims’ Families Disappointed & Let Down By Teen’s Verdict

Eric Boyles, who lost his wife and daughter in the accident, said the the teen’s family money is exactly what kept him out of prison. “Money always seems to keep you out of trouble,” he said after hearing the verdict. “Ultimately today, I felt that money did prevail. If you had been any other youth, I feel like the circumstances would have been different.”

– Kristine Hope Kowalski

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Posted at 12:53 PM on December 14, 2013  

Even if he screws up, 10 years is not enough for 4 lives. That’s just 4 dead lives, not including the ruined life of their families. HE SHOULD ROT IN PRISON! Money talks. More proof. LOHAN, BROWN, ect…………………..NICE PATTERN IN THE SYSTEM! THAT JUDGE SHOULD BE FIRED NOW! Before someone else dies. If it were her kid, I wonder if he would have gotten the max! Come on GOVENOR. DO YOU FRIGGIN JOB NOW!

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Stephen Roberson

Posted at 3:24 PM on December 13, 2013  

Have faith people this little brat will screw up, now its up to probation dept to correct wrongs and lock him up when he violates the terms of his probation. And we know he will

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a hogg

Posted at 12:37 PM on December 13, 2013  

Little “Riche Rich” should spend the rest of his worthless life rotting in prison and be everyone’s Boy toy!”

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Posted at 9:29 PM on December 12, 2013  

I hope the victims’ families sue the hell out his rich parents for wrongful death.

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