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    http://www.wfaa.com/news/crime/Defen...235288101.html

    This has to be one of the worst sentences I've ever seen given. wtf

    FORT WORTH — A juvenile court judge sentenced 16-year-old Ethan Couch to 10 years' probation Tuesday for the drunken driving crash that killed four people.
    Judge Jean Boyd could have sentenced Couch to 20 years behind bars.
    Youth pastor Brian Jennings; mother and daughter Hollie and Shelby Boyles; and 24-year-old Breanna Mitchell died in the June 15 accident.
    Boyd told the teen that he is responsible for what happened, but she didn't believe he would receive the necessary therapy in jail.
    Loved ones of victims left through a back door. They had spent the afternoon speaking directly to Couch about how the crash changed their lives. They wanted him to serve some jail time.
    The widow of one of the victims looked at the defendant and said, "Ethan, we forgive you."
    Couch swallowed hard and appeared to tear up a little bit in the courtroom upon hearing those words.
    Marla Mitchell, Breanna's mother, told News 8 outside the courtroom she was "mad" about the sentence.
    "He'll be feeling the hand of God, definitely," she said. "He may think he got away with something, but he hasn't gotten away with anything."
    Alex Lumas, whose brother was paralyzed in the accident, expressed similar disbelief at the probation sentence.
    "To me, it's not right," he said.
    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.
    Investigators said Couch was driving a pickup truck between 68 and 70 miles-per-hour in a 40 mph zone. The four who died were standing on the side of the road outside their vehicle. Nine others were hurt.
    Miller said Couch's parents gave him "freedoms no young person should have." He called Couch a product of "affluenza," where his family felt that wealth bought privilege and there was no rational link between behavior and consequences.
    He 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.
    Miller also pointed out that Couch was allowed to drive at age 13. He said the teen was emotionally flat and needed years of therapy.
    At the time of the fatal wreck, Couch had a blood alcohol content of 0.24, said Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson, three times the legal limit of .08 for an adult.
    It is illegal for a minor to drive with any amount of alcohol in his or her system.
    Judge Boyd could have sentenced Couch to up to 20 years.
    Defense attorneys asked that he be sent to a small, private home in California which offers intensive one-on-one therapy. They said Couch's father would pay the entire $450,000 price tag.
    Prosecutors pointed out that the juvenile justice system also offers counseling.




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    should lock him and his parents up. Only way bad parents will learn.
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    Don't worry, he's gonna be paying for it. This is already on the Internet and apparently this already got to 4chan too. He and his family are fucked.


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    Its not like it happens for the first time.

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    That judge should be investigated. This kind of sounds like the judge got some under the table money for this sentence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DreDayDetox View Post
    Don't worry, he's gonna be paying for it. This is already on the Internet and apparently this already got to 4chan too. He and his family are fucked.
    good
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    Its not like it happens for the first time.
    I know.
    Quote Originally Posted by Demi_God View Post
    That judge should be investigated. This kind of sounds like the judge got some under the table money for this sentence.
    I thought the same thing.




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    It sure must be nice to have the kind of wealth that buys a maximum of 10 years probation. The sad thing is, he'll only be subjected to a year or two max and he will continue on his merry way like nothing ever happened. Examples need to be made of these parents. Not everyone can afford to get off this easy and this opens up a massive loophole in the justice system that reads, "if you have the dime, you won't do the time".

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    "So it's been made clear to me that you suffer a preconception of being privileged above consequence because you're rich. To honor this, I'll offer you exactly that, because you're rich." DANGER: Logic is rapidly approaching sub-zero.

    In all seriousness, wasn't this actually done because of something to do with his age? He couldn't be sentenced to prison for x and y legal reasons, or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rapture View Post
    "So it's been made clear to me that you suffer a preconception of being privileged above consequence because you're rich. To honor this, I'll offer you exactly that, because you're rich." DANGER: Logic is rapidly approaching sub-zero.

    In all seriousness, wasn't this actually done because of something to do with his age? He couldn't be sentenced to prison for x and y legal reasons, or something.
    Nope he could be sentenced to prison judge just chose not too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rapture View Post
    "So it's been made clear to me that you suffer a preconception of being privileged above consequence because you're rich. To honor this, I'll offer you exactly that, because you're rich." DANGER: Logic is rapidly approaching sub-zero.

    In all seriousness, wasn't this actually done because of something to do with his age? He couldn't be sentenced to prison for x and y legal reasons, or something.
    At 16 you can be charged as an adult (17yrs old).




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    I can understand how this happens. Same way kids get suspended these days for making a gun with their fingers in 1st grade. Common sense isn't a strong point in today's society.

    Shame. Sad case of events, too.


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