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Texas teen Ethan Couch gets 10 years' probation for driving drunk, killing 4
A Texas teenager got behind the wheel drunk and killed four people. Prosecutors pushed for a 20-year sentence for 16-year-old Ethan Couch. But a judge sentenced the teen to just ten years of probation. The victims' families are stunned.
"I'll always cherish memories that we had," said Eric Boyles, father and husband of victims.
Anger and sadness, overnight family members reacting to a judge surprising decision following an alcohol fueled joyride that ultimately led to four people being killed.
"911 what's your emergency?"
"Ah, there's been a multi-vehicle car accident in front of my house."
And now, the 16-year-old behind the wheel, Ethan Couch, won't be serving a single day in jail.
"He may think he has gotten away with something but he hasn't gotten away with anything," said Marla Mitchell, mother of a victim.
Instead of the 20-year sentence Texas prosecutors were hoping for, late Tuesday, Juvenile Court Judge Joan Boyd gave Couch ten years probation.
The teen pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter. His blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit and he was driving almost twice the speed limit when he crashed his dad's ford pickup into the victims.
This week, Couch's defense argued he suffers from affluenza and that his parents are responsible for the horrific accident because they raised him in a family so wealthy and so privileged that the teen didn't realize his actions would have consequences.
"Taking him away from his family and teaching him to be a responsible citizen that is a consequence," said Scott Brow, Ethan Couch's defense attorney.
Now, Couch will check into a half a million dollar rehab program in California. Dad and mom will foot the bill. He's not allowed to see them for two years.
The victims' families argue they'll never see the loved ones he took away.
"My wife and daughter are gone and there's no consequences to the individual to which that occurred," Boyles said.