Ethan Couch the Texas Teen who went on a killing rampage by driving his car while being drunk has got himself 10 years of probation with no jail time.
Ethan Couch is just 16 years old.
So how does his lawyer justify his crime? Well, he is a victim of “affuenza,” according to one psychologist — the product of wealthy, privileged parents who never set limits for the boy.
The decision disappointed prosecutors and stunned victims’ family members, who say they feel that Couch got off too easy. Prosecutors had asked for the maximum of 20 years behind bars.
“Let’s face it … There needs to be some justice here,” Eric Boyles, who lost his wife and daughter, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 on Wednesday night.
“For 25 weeks, I’ve been going through a healing process. And so when the verdict came out, I mean, my immediate reaction is — I’m back to Week 1. We have accomplished nothing here. My healing process is out the window,” he said.
Couch was sentenced by a juvenile court judge on Tuesday. If he violates the terms of his probation, he could face up to 10 years of incarceration, according to a statement from the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office.
Judge Jean Boyd told the court she would not release Couch to his parents, but would work to find the teen a long-term treatment facility.
“There are absolutely no consequences for what occurred that day,” said Boyles. “The primary message has to absolutely be that money and privilege can’t buy justice in this country.”