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Texas Teen Killer Sentenced To Probation

Texas Teen Killer Sentenced To Probation

What will getting drunk, getting behind the wheel of a truck and killing four people get you in Texas? You’re not going to believe the sentence Ethan Couch of Fort Worth got for doing just that.

No jail time.

Couch got ten years probation after a judge bought the defense's argument that Couch was a victim of 'affluenza.' Couch’s defense lawyer said the 16-year old was not taught right from wrong by his parents, and that his parents should actually share some of the blame.

“We had over 180 years of future life taken here,” Eric Boyles told CNN. Boyles lost his wife and daughter in the accident earlier this year.

Couch lawyer, Scott Brown says the judge in this case actually made the right decision.

“Taking him away from his family and teaching him to be a responsible citizen is a consequence,” Brown stated.

Brown said the judge made the right call.

“This will give Ethan a chance to develop into a productive citizen and then try to make amends for his actions,” Brown said.

Boyles says the sentence hurts just as much as the accident itself.

“The event was difficult, but not more difficult than today,” Boyles explained.

Brown argued that Couch could be turned around with one to two years of treatment and no contact with his parents. If he violates the terms of his probation, Couch could be jailed for up to ten years.

But that isn’t enough for the families of the four people he killed and the two others that were injured.

 

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