Teen Kills 4 in Car Accident, Claims Being Rich as Defense
Ethan Couch killed four people after losing control of his speeding pickup truck while driving drunk. His defense, entitled “affluenza”, blamed his wealthy parents for never teaching him about ‘consequences’.
Couch and seven of his friends stole alcohol from Walmart and all got into his vehicle. The teen struck and killed four pedestrians while going 70 miles per hour in a 40 zone, his BAC was .24, and he also had valium in his system. According to reports the teen was belligerent on the scene and kept saying he was “outta here.”
One of his passengers remains in the hospital with severe brain damage, and nine other bystanders were also injured in the accident.
Prosecutors were seeking a sentence of twenty years, but the judge agreed with the defense lawyers claims that the boy suffered from “affluenza”, an affliction caused by his parents who never taught him the value of consequences.
Prior to sentencing, a psychologist called by the defense, Dr. G. Dick Miller, testified that Couch’s life could be salvaged with one to two years’ treatment and no contact with his parents.
Miller said Couch got whatever he wanted. As an example, Miller said Couch’s parents gave no punishment after police ticketed the then-15-year-old when he was found in a parked pickup with a passed out, undressed, 14-year-old girl.
The 16-year-old boy was sentenced to 10 years probation, with Judge Jean Boyd stating she didn’t believe he would receive the proper treatment in jail.
Prosecutors agreed that if the boy continues to be cushioned by his family’s wealth, another tragedy is inevitable. However, they felt the sentence was an extension of said cushioning, stating:
“THERE CAN BE NO DOUBT THAT HE WILL BE IN ANOTHER COURTHOUSE ONE DAY BLAMING THE LENIENT TREATMENT HE RECEIVED HERE.”
The families of victims were understandably outraged, and have filed wrongful death suits amounting to tens of millions.
such fucking bullshit.