On Wednesday, judge Jean Boyd ordered Ethan Couch to rehab in addition to his 10-year probation sentence. Couch is the 16-year-old Texan who killed four people and injured two with is father's Ford F-350 pickup truck on June 15. The teenager had been driving drunk after being video taped stealing 2 cases of beer from a nearby Wal-Mart. At the time of the incident, Couch's blood alcohol level was revealed to be 0.24, three times the legal limit in Texas. Couch also tested positive for valium. Despite this, he received zero jail time.
As you can image, there has been intense public outrage regarding the outcome of the trial. The public anger intensified when the defense's expert witness diagnosed Couch as having "affluenza" -- a term used to claim that his family's wealth impaired his ability to take responsibility for his actions.
On Wednesday, prosecutors asked judge Boyd for 20 years in state custody on charges related to the two injured people. They were unsuccessful.
Is Ethan Couch receiving special treatment because he comes from a wealth family?
Fred Couch, Ethan's father, is a multi millionaire and owner of a very successful metal works company in Fort Worth. His son received what amounts to a slap on the wrist for a crime that many believe would have sent the "average Joe" to prison.
Last year, CNN reported that judge Boyd sentenced an African American teenager to 10 years in juvenile detention after punching a man in the face. The blow inadvertently resulted in the man's death. This is a stark contrast to sentencing Ethan Couch to probation and rehab for killing 4 people and injuring 2.
Defence attorney Reagan Wynn said the judge did not use "affluenza" to make her decision. "She (Boyd) heard all the evidence and she made what she thought was the appropriate disposition," he said.
Eric Boyles lost his wife, Hollie Byles, and daughter, Shelby after both were mowed down by Couch's truck. He remains convinced that money played a role in the outcome.
"Had he (Couch) not had money to have the defense there, to also have the experts testify, and also offer to pay for the treatment, I think the results would have been different," Boyles said after the trial.
Here's happened on the night of the incident.
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