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Ethan CouchFORT WORTH, TX — A juvenile court judge has gotten some people upset after she sentenced 16-year-old Ethan Couch to 10 years’ probation for the drunk driving crash that killed four people.

Back in June, Breanna Mitchell’s SUV had a flat tire so she pulled over to the side of the road. Hollie Boyles, 52, and her daughter, Shelby Boyles, 21, lived nearby and had came out to help Mitchell. Brian Jennings, 41, was driving by and also stopped to see if he could lend a hand.

Unfortunately for all of them, 16-year-old Ethan Couch was also on the road, driving drunk. He and some of his seven passengers had stolen some beer from a Walmart hours earlier and were speeding when Couch lost control of his truck, left the road and struck Breanna’s SUV.

Breanna, Hollie, Shelby and Brian were not in the road when the collision occurred, but they were all killed on impact and thrown 50 to 60 yards away. One of Couch’s passengers suffered serious injuries while another remains paralyzed and only able to communicate by blinking his eyes.

It would later be revealed that Couch had had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit, plus traces of Valium were found in his system. He would eventually plead guilty to four counts of intoxication manslaughter and two counts of intoxication assault causing serious bodily injury.

Eric Couch victims

Breanna Mitchell, Brian Jennings, Hollie Boyles, Shelby Boyles

Prosecutors were asking that Couch spend 20 years in state lockup, stating the teen has consistently remained out of trouble in the past because of his family’s money and letting him off easy was just a continuation of that behavior and put the community at risk. Couch’s attorneys argued the teen needed rehab and had a psychologist testify that the blame for Couch’s actions falls directly on hist parents’ shoulders.

Gary Miller began evaluating Couch after his arrest and testified that Couch was a child of a contentious divorce. His parents argued often and often used Couch as pawn to get their way. You know, like most children of divorce. He went on to say that couch was spoiled by his parents and while his intellectual age was 18, his emotional age was 12.

“He never learned that sometimes you don’t get your way,” Miller said. “He had the cars and he had the money. He had freedoms that no young man would be able to handle.”

One of Couch’s attorneys added that there was no rehabilitation available to Couch if he went to prison, and that his family had agreed to pay for a lengthy stay at a rehabilitation facility that can cost more than $450,000 a year.

State District Judge Jean Boyd agreed with the defense, and to the disbelief of some of the victim’s family members, ordered Couch to receive therapy at the long-term, in-patient facility and serve 10 years probation. No jail unless he violates his probation, at which time he could be sent to prison for 10 years.

She stated that she is familiar with programs available in the Texas juvenile justice system and other teens she’d sentenced there never actually got into any available rehabilitation programs. By sending him to the facility recommended by his attorneys, she figures Couch may just get the help he needs and become a productive member of society.

One of the teen’s two attorneys praised Boyd’s decision, saying Couch could have been released from prison in two years had Boyd granted the prosecutor’s request of 20 years. “She fashioned a sentence that could have him under the thumb of the justice system for the next 10 years,” Scott Brown said.

The Tarrant County assistant district attorney said he was very disappointed with the verdict. “There can be no doubt that he will be in another courthouse one day blaming the lenient treatment he received here,” Richard Alpert said. This is a sentiment echoed by Eric Boyles, who lost both his wife and daughter in the collision.

“Money always seems to keep [the teen] out of trouble,” said Boyles. “Ultimately today, I felt that money did prevail. If [he] had been any other youth, I feel like the circumstances would have been different.”

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  • CT

    Money talks, the guilty walk.

  • DeweyCheatam

    I just hope that WHEN he violates probation, it doesn’t come with any more innocent lives lost. Unless he kills his parents, then I’m ok with that.

  • ShelbySP

    Strangely, I agree with the verdict. This way, he’s under supervision and getting the treatment he obviously needs instead of in prison learning to be a better sociopath. (best of all, its on his family’s dime). I think at 16 he still has a chance to turn things around. Maybe this accident will open his eyes. If not, a highly functioning sociopath can make a lot of money in the corporate world…

  • MilfOf2

    Yup that will teach the little Fuckn dipshit. Hope that judge kills themselves after he murders another innocent person. Dumbass little Ginger

  • Texas Ranger

    I am torn on this one. I see both sides. I just hope it makes him stay sober, if not, it’s all a waste either way. If this doesn’t make a person stop drinking…..supply him enough alcohol in a locked room and let him drink till he quits forever.

  • Lena60

    Sad , sad , sad. I bet this little asshat does not learn a fucking thing. Mommy and dady will keep his little ass out of jail.. Pfffttt!

  • IntelligentVirtue

    And allowing him to get 10 years PROBATION for killing 4 people won’t attribute to “affluenza”

  • Dre Mosley

    Too rich for prison.

  • Buffettgirl

    Personally, I don’t think it will do a lick of good, but I’m willing to stand back and give it a chance to work. If he fails, as I believe he more than likely will, ten years behind bars for killing four people while DUI seems about right IF he serves it ALL.

  • Vesper B

    Well, *that* was easy. Sadly, this is commonplace if one has the money and/or connections. My cousin got probation for causing in accident in which his best friend died. Cousin’s blood alcohol level was off the charts and, according to him, he “didn’t realize he had crashed the truck.” Meanwhile, his friend’s internal trauma was so bad he had blood pouring out of his mouth and nose.

    My family’s got connections, so the frakker got five years probation. He’s still drinking oh and he got another DUI last month.

  • CT

    Now, now, you have a lot of hate for us, gingers. We aren’t all bad.

  • Thy_Yeti_Knows

    Feel free to stomp his guts out

  • Vesper B

    I want to stomp his guts and the brains of the family members to facilitated his released and light probation. This is absolutely infuriating to me. I am so ashamed. I’m happy we don’t share the same last name so I can’t be connected to him on the surface.

  • DeweyCheatam

    And hope that if he kills anyone else it’s one of the enablers and/or someone he loves. Sounds like it might be the only thing to get him to stop drinking.

  • Vicki

    I have a better idea. Park his sorry ass in jail and divvy up the $450K among the victims’ families.

  • Vicki

    Wouldn’t that be a karmic kick in the ass if the kid ran over one of the judge’s family members?

  • NY_Mommy

    So I’m in my office trying to resist the urge to browse internet porn and I come here instead. To read this bullshit. Great. Spoiled brat killed people and remains a spoiled brat. Moving onto porn for the last 40 minutes of my day.

  • Jessie

    Well I guess he figured if he added his intellectual age and his emotional age, he was old enough to drink? Hopefully the civil suits will CRUSH him.

  • Jessie

    There’s one in every family.

  • MilfOf2

    Haha just this one. Sorry i lost my temper ?

  • MilfOf2

    Hopefully it will be the damn judge. Id laugh

  • Tender Branson

    Prisons would be empty if a shitty upbringing was a valid excuse for committing crime. I hope the victims families sue these people into fiscal oblivion.

  • MrClayton

    Sorry, Shelby, I have to disagree with you. This child already had the resources available to him to stay off of alcohol . How many lives does one have to ruin to be put into prison. 4, 5, 10? He murdered (just as if he had gotten drunk and shot up a mall) 4 people. One more is paralyzed for life. I’m sure his parents will pay the civil lawsuits for life for several people. That does not make any of them whole anymore.

  • Texas Ranger

    Is it personal porn or random porn?

  • Laura_RT

    I’m 100% with you. I kept jumping back and forth arguing with myself until I just decided I’m glad I’m not the judge.

  • thebossessecretary

    Grew up in an affluent neighborhood with about a million of these kids. They don’t change no matter how much “therapy” you give them. They just grow up to be bigger, more entitled bastards. They’re insufferable as adults.

  • Texas Ranger

    No kiddin. Either he straightens up and becomes a model citizen, or he’ll screw up again and off to prison he goes…. If he was 20…..I’d lean more to throw him in jail forever…..at 16, man, it’s right at that age where you think your smart but your still a real big dumass for the most part.

  • hershey

    This happened in my backyard so our local newspaper spilled more crap on the situation.

    Prosecutors were asking that Couch spend 20 years in state lockup, stating the teen has consistently remained out of trouble in the past because of his family’s money and letting him off easy was just a continuation of that behavior and put the community at risk.

    To enlighten you on what situations he had gotten out of in the past due to money…

    1) About 2 months before this incident, he was found with a 14 y/o girl stripped down to her underwear in his truck. She was so drunk, she was incoherent. Actually, they both were drunk. What happened, you ask? They were released to their mommy and daddy.

    2) He has been driving HIS truck to school since the age of 13. A teacher asked the father about it and the father said, “he’s the safest driver I know.” The teacher thought about contacting the local law enforcement, but did not. **After all, it was a private school and she could get fired for stirring the pot up for one of their wealthy students.**

    3) He doesn’t just have a problem with alcohol. He does drugs as well.

    He may be intelligent, but he’s definitely a sociopath. He does what he wants when he wants, consequences be damned.

  • NY_Mommy

    Random. I no longer have personal porn in my possession. My ex got it all in the break up negotiations.

    On a side note, he later told me he’s pretty sure his dad watched them (there were multiple videos).

  • t3chsupp0rt

    The only good that can come of this now is that next time (and there will be one, not like he’s had any lesson here other than that he can get away with whatever) he only takes himself out and no one else.

  • salepo

    My boyfriend swears gingers have no souls of their own so they steal other’s soul.Each freckle they have is a soul they’ve stolen. I think he’s kidding.

  • Lena60

    He may as well killed 5 being paralized from the neck down, so blinking your eyes is the only way to communicate, I would rather be dead.

  • Lena60

    Please tell me you were kidding about the last bit. That gave me the creeps.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com Morbid

    Thanks for the extra info. I was going to mention the 14-year-old, but forgot about it.

  • Kelly Melton

    This makes me sick as a Texan. Throw his ass that far after bouncing off a car, see how he likes it

  • Kelly Melton

    This scares me on so many levels…

  • CT

    Well, truth be told, I’m a blonde. Well, at least that is what my hairdresser tells me. My Mom, on the other hand, tells me I started out brunette. Go figure.

  • RobotSocks

    There’s a guy at work that is a sissy assed entitled bastard, and every time I see him, I wanna break his fucking teeth. There’s just something about people with a holier than thou attitude that really gets in my skin the wrong way. . . And if it’s a teenager, that just makes it worse.

  • Mandy Pruitt

    Regardless of the money, he’s still ugly. Oh yeah, money can’t change the fact that he’s a ginger. An ugly ginger – perhaps the worst sentence god can give. Gingers have no souls.

  • Kelly Eklectusbird

    dfjghkdjfdfklgndfkljgnfkjgnkgnsdkfgnadklf

    no words.

  • Illamina

    I don’t like it, he should be made more aware of the lives he destroyed. If it didn’t involve killing a puppy I would give him a puppy to raise and then make him kill it in 3 years…… I don’t think prison is the place for him, but maybe 5-10 years of living just above the poverty line would be a good sentence. No car, a shitty apartment and a J O B might make him more thankful of his life and thoughtful about others. Some hours of community service interacting with those who do not have his advantages, maybe. I don’t think living in a posh “treatment center” is going to do a lick of good. He’ll be living in a beach community, away from his parents. Morningside, where Lindsay Lohan went and then left, is in Newport Beach.

  • mean birch

    I’m voting for you. I like your brand of justice

  • mean birch

    I agree but then I got to the point where it said his intelligence level is 18….so if that’s a valid argument why not just try him as an adult? I HATE PEOPLE WHO DRINK AND DRIVE.

  • ShelbySP

    I see where you’re coming from. But like I said, this way he will stay away LONGER, and have some time to think about what he’s done. He’ll also be away from the influence of his parents, which seemed to be a HUGE part of the problem. Sure he had the resources to stay off alcohol, but he also has a lot of emotional development to do. I don’t usually side with drunk drivers, they are the scum of the earth imo, but 16 year olds make bad decisions. Horrible decisions. He should be punished, he should have his freedom taken away. But he’s not entirely to blame. His parents failed him.

  • mean birch

    Yeah, I watched em too. You looked good.

  • ShelbySP

    Hopefully they’ll catch him violating probation with a buttload of weed, and lock him up for 25 years.

  • mean birch

    I love your attitude towards gingers. They’re soul-less freckled freaks and damn hard to look at. Lol

  • mean birch

    ^shopping got dv’s

  • mean birch

    No.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com/ Athena

    I agree, Shelby. Just because the parents had the resources to keep him off alcohol, they were probably too checked out to even realize what was happening. And drunk driving is nothing like shooting up a mall. The former does not have the intent to kill anyone (as, while we all know it’s dangerous to drive drunk, drunk driving rarely results in a fatality, when you consider the sheer number of people who drive drunk on a regular basis). The latter, even drunk, sets out to kill some people.

    10 years probation keeps him under the eye of the law until after his brain is done developing. Under the proper care, a person can completely change during that period of time. Such a change is far less likely to occur in prison.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com/ Athena

    With the nature of alcoholism, where there’s one, there’s usually a handful.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com/ Athena

    I have to say, nothing mentioned anywhere here points to psychopath. Teens drunk and fooling around – normal. Kid being allowed to drive his own vehicle to school before the legal age – an opportunity any kid would take with the blessing of his/her parents. Doing drugs – very common behavior.

    I hate to be nit-picky, but “sociopath” (or “psychopath”) are terms used to describe a very specific set of behaviors.leading to a legitimate diagnosis.

    Spoiled kids always do what they want when they want. Very few of them are actual sociopaths.

  • ShelbySP

    Thank you. You are much better at words than me.

  • Andrea Pizzuto

    In light of what I just read, I’m reaching levels of anger previously unattained. Which is saying something, as I am Italian. This kid gets a slap on the wrist, while a family member of mine wrapped his truck around a tree (harming no one but himself) gets his life fucked up forever. Also, this family member was never caught with an all-but-naked minor. Fuck this kid, sideways.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com/ Athena

    Oh, hush. You did just fine. :)

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com/ Athena

    My best friend is a ginger. Verifiably soulless… but a whole lot of fun!

  • Andrea Pizzuto

    The well-off don’t need charm or coercion if money is freely available. As you said, money talks.

  • newstarshipsmell

    Well, “his” truck was actually registered with his father’s company, Cleburne Metal Works. So in addition to the son and his father, guess who else is named in the five law suits filed against them?
    http://www.cleburnetimesreview.com/local/x439239957/Fifth-lawsuit-filed-against-teenage-drunk-driver

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com/ Athena

    Because intelligence alone does not make a person.

    The prefrontal cortex controls things like impulse, emotion and memory, and it is substantially underdeveloped at the age of 16. Even 18. If we were a science-driven society, kids would have to wait a lot longer for some of the rights they’re given.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com/ Athena

    Well, I didn’t say money talks, but it does. This family is doing what comes natural to them (buying their way out of trouble) and the legal system is following the stereotypical course (not that it’s necessarily the wrong one in this situation). But none of it makes anyone a sociopath, necessarily.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com/ Athena

    Shelby! What happened?! :P

    Hopefully he turns into a functional member of society. It happens, you know. We just don’t hear about it, because it doesn’t make good news.

  • Andrea Pizzuto

    Your comment was the first in this article. I know you didn’t originate the saying.. But it was said, damnit.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com/ Athena

    Actually, that was CT… but I’m honored to be mistaken for her. ;)

  • Andrea Pizzuto

    Well, someone just got told.

  • LeaveMeBe

    “He may be intelligent, but he’s definitely a sociopath. He does what he wants when he wants, consequences be damned.” – Not to be nit picky, but this isn’t the definition of a sociopath. I’m not saying that these aren’t things a sociopath and this kid have in common, but what you said applies to quite a few teens. The difference between this kid and others his age that act the way he has is that they have been lucky enough to never have ended up in this dire of a situation and his family has enough money to be able to pay for such an expensive rehabilitation facility. Oh, and parents who are total idiots.

  • Shade

    stupid. This kid is not going to get sober or change his ways. That trial was bullshit. The kid needs to have serious consequences for his actions that will affect him enough to want to change! Also, no rehab in prison?? Bullshit. There is AA in prison. Im in AA and Ive met MANY people that were sent to prison and got sober there through AA. What do they think, everyone who changes their life has $450,000 to spend on rehab?! Why the fuck would he want to change, when he can pull all the shit he wants and get off easy…

  • LeaveMeBe

    OMG! I responded to the comment before I read further down and came across yours. I’m a bit freaked out, not because we have the same take on it or that yours is more eloquent than mine, but because we both used “nit-picky”. LOL!

  • LeaveMeBe

    I’m guessing your family member was an adult? This boy was a minor who got caught drunk with another half-naked and drunk minor.

    I’m sorry such a bad decision wrecked your family member’s life.

  • LeaveMeBe

    I feel for the families of his victims. I cannot imagine the heartache they went through and are continuing to go through.

  • Shade

    someones been reading game of thrones

  • mean birch

    thank you the voice of all mighty wisdom!

  • Jessie

    Most likely. Usually there is a bad alchoholic in the family and then there’s the one that’s “on the wagon” and all preachy about it. At least that’s how my family rolls :-p I just assumed that there was an addict in every family. I might be wrong there.

  • Jessie

    Wow, I gotta say I am a little shocked that he would do that in his dad’s company truck. I was an asshole when I was a teenager, but this is a whole new level of doucheyness.

  • MrClayton

    I only meant that EVERY person that crosses paths with the drunk driver is a potential victim. People just doing their everyday lives. In an instant, they are dead. Whether or not the drunk had the ?intention? of killing anyone, he did (kill people). It is not like driving home on an icy road from work and the same “accident” happening. He had intent to drive after taking drugs and drinking alcohol . One more thing, we are supposed to have one set laws for everyone. Given his family’s affulence, he still gets a break that a person without means does not have access to.He gets the second chance at life to potentally change. A chance that a normal person who goes into prison will be far less likely to occur. Your words.

  • MrClayton

    Something I can agree with.

  • MrClayton

    I’m sure there will be much more money to pay for the families.

  • Valerie

    Do you honestly think this shit stain’s parents would count as “innocent lives”?

  • NY_Mommy

    No and it creeped me out too. I was with this guy for 6 years so I spent many occasions with the father

  • NY_Mommy

    I did look good back then!

  • Andrea Pizzuto

    I think he was about 20, but true. He’s not exactly our best and brightest.

  • ShelbySP

    It was a marijuana law joke lol.

  • ShelbySP

    Like Athena said, he didn’t go out PLANNING to kill anyone. The deaths were a result of a lack of thinking through on his part. I agree the same laws should apply to everyone. I wish prisons could be replaced with rehabilitation centers. I think there’s trauma and poor parenting at the heart of about 95% of criminals (Statistic source: My butt) It’s not fair that he gets to go to treatment and most kids just get thrown in the lockup. The answer isn’t throw them all in prison though. It’s more sentences like this.

  • ShelbySP

    Annd, I’d be all for charging people’s parents/legal guardians for their treatment.

  • ShelbySP

    It was supposed to be a weed joke lol. I need to stop posting mid-allnighter.

  • DeweyCheatam

    No. I didn’t realize until later that’s how that read. : / I just meant if anyone deserves to be killed by the shit stain, it’s the senior shit stains who produced him.

  • VenusDoom3

    Thank God you’re here, Athena.

  • MrClayton

    I’m not harassing you at all. But I get the idea that since he didn’t plan to kill, he should be entitled to the treatment and probation. I say he had intent. This was not his first contact with the law. This was not even his first drunk driving offense. He was with a gang of kids that stole beer and did drugs before driving down a rural road at a speed beyond his control (any speed at all was beyond his control). He is a walking crime wave for that area. I just say that plutocracy is alive and well. I don’t give a damn whether or not he may one day be a productive citizen through therapy. Those victims need some type of justice. Justice not met by living in a luxury house one on one with your own staff to coddle you because daddy and mommy got mad at each other and bought you love and affection. Did I mention his mom got a FINE for him being caught with a passed out FOURTEEN year old girl nude in his truck?

  • ShelbySP

    I never said you were harassing me. I’m enjoying our discussion/debate, and I see your points. I also looked long and hard at the people who lost their lives. I want justice for them as well, they didn’t deserve to die. But justice isn’t just throwing this kid, or anyone who commits a crime in the “unfixable” dumpster. It’s trying to fix them so they can’t hurt anyone again. I still don’t buy that he intended to kill anyone. He did something incredibly dumb. Teenagers do that. He didn’t intentionally lay his hands on anyone. Also a nude 14 year old in your truck is different when you’re 16. Is that age difference illegal anywhere? I’d be more enraged if the girl were struggling or drugged, but it sounds like drunk kids messing around.

  • LuvsHorror

    Doesn’t matter to me that he didn’t “plan” to murder anyone. The fact is that he did murder four people. Why does he get to go on and “lead a productive life” when his victims can’t? Why does he get a “second chance” when they don’t?

  • Valerie

    Whew! Good, then. I thought you might have lost your mind.

  • Laura
  • Illamina

    It’s likely that his father gave him a truck and just registered it as a company vehicle so all of the insurance, repairs and depreciation fell on the company and not on the personal finances. There are various legitimate reasons for doing this, but usually in the case of a parent with a child who is underage, and not employed by the company it’s just a move to have more depreciable (and there-fore tax deductible) assets with the company, as it’s harder to claim a personal vehicle as a depreciable asset, especially if it’s owned by a minor who likely has no taxable/tax deductible assets and doesn’t file a return. Also the insurance is probably less than registering a single vehicle with a minor as the primary operator, as it’s just lumped in with all of the other “company” vehicles. I’m betting that daddy is regretting that decision now….

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com/ Athena

    That’s not how it works. He’s already been sentenced. Unless there’s some malpractice detected, the sentence is not going to change, regardless of public pressure. The judge can’t just say, “You know, I changed my mind. This kid needs to be incarcerated.”

    It’s done. Your efforts are better spend on supporting prevention programs.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com/ Athena

    Yes, drunk driving comes with increased risk. As does speeding or texting. Had this kid taken out four people because he was texting, I don’t believe there would be the same rabid fervor over a decade of probation.

    And, yes, money buys opportunity. That’s America. In this case, that money bought an opportunity to turn this kid into a productive member of society. Even if it’s a small chance, it’s a chance… a chance that doesn’t much exist in the U.S. prison system.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com/ Athena

    We’re even. I was 3/4 of the way through a bottle of wine at the time. It flew right over my head.

    Or maybe I’ll blame it on the fact that it’s legal in my state so I just don’t think like that anymore. :P

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com/ Athena

    This is awesome, LMB!

    We are a couple of nit-picky broads, whether we want to be or not. :P

  • ShelbySP

    Yeahhh…I’m in Kansas. Nuff said.

  • LuvsHorror

    Maybe not, but we can at least express our outrage. And it isn’t hurting anyone.

  • DeweyCheatam

    The difference for me is that, at 16, he damn well knew that he wasn’t allowed to drink, let alone drive. If he’d parked in a field all night with friends, going nowhere while under the influence, then I couldn’t care less if he wanted to tie one on. But once he got behind the wheel, that car was as deadly as if he’d pointed a gun at those four people and blown their heads off. Rich, spilled, entitled little fucker should rot as far I’m concerned. I imagine the embarrassment alone would kill him and his parents.

  • DeweyCheatam

    As you know by now, for me, the “incredibly dumb things done by teenagers” excuse goes right out the window when the consequences are as serious as four dead people. Teenager or not, dumb mistake or not, significant criminal history or not, when four fuckngnpeople die because of you, probation is horribly inadequate. Oops thought I was replying to Athena. Sorry.

  • DeweyCheatam

    Or four of them.

  • DeweyCheatam

    I soooooooooo hope this means that every personal and business asset the family has become subject to seizure to pay for what I sincerely hope is a record-setting award in a civil suit by the deceased’s families.

  • MrClayton

    That is exactly the point i was trying to make. He already had a run in with the cops because of liquor. So he was told at least once in his miserable life not to drink and drive by someone other than the parents. Since they were unable or incapable. We may not be able to change the outcome for this twit, but we CAN change the employment prospects for this liberal ass “judge”.

  • rpgmomma8404

    I can’t even comment on this story. Fucking ridiculous.

  • Illamina

    It is actually the only reason that the Company can be considered liable, and named in the lawsuit, as anyone with any business savvy sets a company up as an Incorporated LLC, which means it’s a separate entity from the family, so they could not be sued for their personal assets if the company went down, or vice versa. This is why the father can also be cited in the suit for gross negligence. He would be cited (as the parent) in the lawsuit anyway, but as an officer of the company who handed keys to a vehicle to his son(and thus “entrusting the pickup to an incompetent or reckless driver”), he involved the company, essentially as a third distinct party, in what would have been a lawsuit between just families. In an odd and unlikely additional twist, if the father is not the majority share holder, the company could actually turn around and sue the father for damages as well, and/or fire him, but he wouldn’t necessarily loose his shares.

  • Illamina

    Maaaaaaaayyybeeeeee…. :)

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com/ Athena

    Just want to bitch? Sure, sign the petition. You’re right, it’s not hurting anyone. It’s also not doing a lick of good. Or… you could actively support prevention programs.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com/ Athena

    My family is missing the wagon rider. Plenty of drunks, though.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com/ Athena

    You poor dear.

    There. Now ’nuff said. ;)

  • JohnQknowitall
  • G.I.R.L.

    If the boy happened to come from a divorced home of shitty parents but without the financial stability, he’d just be sent to prison, held entirely responsible for his actions and probably charged for manslaughter or greater. I wish the best for the families of the killed; intentional or not, he took the lives of 4 people; he made the decision to drink and drive and is entirely responsible.

  • JohnQknowitall

    You obviously don’t understand the great stresses of being rich in this country. Before for you judge him, perhaps you should walk a mile in shoes. (sarcasm with rolling eyes)

  • FrikkenFrak

    CNN story reported that a “professional psychiatrist” for the defense said the defendant suffered from affluenza…the affliction of being brought up rich and over indulged. My response on CNN was to thank the defense for providing the future strategy for the 99%. “This boy is suffering from POORFLUENZA”.

    Who the FUCK is this psychiatrist who thinks, as a paid representative of the APA in a trial involving death, that he as the right to use his degree to sway a jury with his MADE UP BULLSHIT.? That he came come up with a NON EXISTENT medical term for a NON EXISTENT medical malady such as the absurd rubbish of this term in my book means he should be stripped of his license. Or is this a new diagnosis I missed in the APA’s DSM-5?

    I guess you get off of an offense if you’re malady begins with AFF not Poor.

    AFFLACK! I guess that means “affluence lack”? Insurance for poor folks. FUCK EVERYONE INVOLVED IN THIS CASE.

  • Illamina

    This case is getting to me as well….I found this:……..:(((

    “Marla Mitchell has some of her cremated daughter’s ashes in a locket
    she wears on a chain. Her daughter, Brianna, was one of the four people
    killed by 16 year old drunk driver Ethan Couch.

    “Probably the hardest thing was the denial of his part, refusing to
    accept that he did anything wrong,” Mitchell said. “Telling paramedics
    that he didn’t have to answer his questions?”

    Testimony described Couch as belligerent and uncooperative following
    the deadly crash, at one point saying “I’m outta here” and starting to
    walk away from emergency crews.”

    http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2013/12/04/trail-begins-for-drunk-driving-teen-that-killed-four/

  • patrickdh10

    Put that worthless judge behind bars. Probably was paid off.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/WildlifeSeriaLKiller Darrell FIne

    C’mon guys (and ladies).. HE WAS TOO RICH TO KNOW BETTER. I say castrate the little prick so he can’t breed. Fucking asshole.

  • persephonix

    Therapy has been shown to make psychopaths worse-much worse. They are the only people who should NEVER receive therapy.

  • persephonix

    “But justice isn’t just throwing this kid, or anyone who commits a crime in the “unfixable” dumpster.”

    I’m sure the people who’s lives are destroyed would beg to differ.

  • BrittBrittRoss

    I know this is an old convo, but I keep thinking on it & its burning me up inside…Athena, maybe he shouldn’t go to prison for life or be tried as an adult, but he does not deserve to be in some cushy rehab while those people are six feet under & their families are grieving them…

    He needs to be punished, dammit!!!

  • Carrie Burton

    This is horrible… he should def not have been set free. This is just ridiculous & proves how crooked our country really is. If you have money then you have no problems… Bullshit.

  • JGo555

    He don’t need no rehab, he needs to be able to feel bad & jail would’ve done that. Rehab should’ve been done AFTER he got out of jail.

  • Patrick Borush

    even if he does violate probation the parents will just bring in the big $$$ lawyers again and make that go away too… No this little piece of shit needs to be thrown in jail for life with no parole… (also needs to have 90% of all incoming funds while in jail remanded over to the families he ruined so all he can afford to buy while in jail till he dies is maybe a bar of soap). He can learn how to be a better criminal all he wants that way cause he will never see the outside of them prison walls again… as a final thought the photo’s of all the people he killed should line the walls of his cell also so he can never forget what he did!!!

  • iwantapony

    That judge should be disbarred, it’s obvious she took a bribe.

  • MrClayton

    Guess what people? They are back in the news. Ethan’s father, Fred Couch- the multi-millionaire who couldn’t discipline his son and the son got away with Killing four people? Well he just made himself a police officer. Wonder if he will get a slap on the wrist like his son did. Like CT said “Money talks, the guilty walk” see here: http://www.myfoxdfw.com/story/26319287/ethan-couchs-father-arrested-for-impersonating-police-officer

  • MrClayton

    Yes, I am bringing this back up 8 months later! (Because his dad is back in the news). I will just say this…IT WILL BE ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE ETHAN WILL BE BACK ON THIS PAGE WITH MORE ARRESTS. Will he then be rehabilitated AGAIN?

  • wordtoyourmother

    The judge was right. The kid was only 16 for Christ’s sake, not an adult with an adult brain, but still a child actually. The judge was also right because he will get more treatment and be monitored for longer. Prosecutors just want to feed the prison industry to boost their careers and grieving parents can’t even think straight and dispassionately. That is what judges are for, and this one did her job well.

  • wordtoyourmother

    Exactly.

  • wordtoyourmother

    Agree completely.

  • wordtoyourmother

    Many things in life can leave us dead in an instant. The U.S. feeds the criminal justice and prison industries more than does any country in the world because we pass laws in an effort to prevent what might happen or what could happen instead of what does happen, and then that always slides down the slippery slope of our using the legal system in an increasingly brutal way for every accident and event that scares us until we are cannibalizing our own communities. When we forget that teenagers are prone to make really stupid mistake because they are not fully developed adults with adult brains yet and want to throw them away in brutal environments that will only guarantee they become a permanent drain on society, and by the way, traumatize and victimize their entire extended families when we do so, we have really gone off the rails.

    The justice system wasn’t intended to be used for revenge, nor to solve all of our societal problems or alleviate all of our fears. It was intended to incarcerate, and then later rehabilitate (though we’ve lost sight of that), predatory criminals; not people who make stupid mistakes, do something impulsively, merely have accidents, or kids.

  • wordtoyourmother

    Rather than continue destroying more lives at great cost to our society because we want the rules to all be even-Steven, how about we change the laws to be more thoughtful, practical, and just for everyone instead?

  • wordtoyourmother

    You might be, but most parents/legal guardians can’t pay for it. Could you? By the way, everyone already pays via taxes for public programs and agencies, and that includes prisons and public health programs, so this new hue and cry to have citizens pay for public agencies they need or that are imposed on them is really bogus!

  • wordtoyourmother

    Those victims do not need the permanent destruction of another person’s child. What they need is to heal and move on and the rest of us do not them or our country any favors by feeding the fires of vengeance and victimization.

    People are on the wrong end of accidents of all kinds every single day. When it comes to using the criminal justice system to deal with them, making some kinds of accidents more immoral than others has grown out of control. We are a nation of vengeance seeking hysterics.

    You should care about whether he, and many others, become productive members of society because every year they are in prison you are paying for those prisons, and because we want to lock up a lot of people while paying very little for it, prisons are hell holes and young people go in healthy and come out drug addicts with all kinds of illnesses and serious contagious diseases as well as coming out so emotionally scarred you wouldn’t want to be their neighbor. And they do come out eventually. So what is better for society and our communities? Revenge in the name of justice? Or, keeping calm and thinking dispassionately about what will create the best outcome for all? (And no, it isn’t okay to destroy our own communities to make grieving families feel better. They are going to grieve anyway; no need to add more grief to more people.)

  • wordtoyourmother

    No doubt, but that is why they should not be the ones to decide.

  • wordtoyourmother

    I agree with all of your points, except I want to remind people that when it comes to accidents or disease, no one “deserves” to die. Life is a crap shoot. We lose people in war, in accidents, and from disease. We lose loved ones who are infants to our elderly grandparents to war, disease, and accidents. Do we believe any of them deserved to die? No. Do we believe someone must pay with their lives for our losses? Some of us do during the hell of early grieving, but that isn’t balanced or logical. Most of us don’t.

    It should be the same when someone makes a momentary mistake that causes grievous injury. This sense of victimhood Americans have developed when horrible things happen to us because we are in the wrong place at the wrong time and/or run across the wrong people has been fostered in us to increase profits for others. Our fear and sense of victimization requiring revenge as the only means to justice or consequences guarantees those profits.

    That’s why I think we need to start remembering the vast majority of people who die do not deserve it, but death is inevitable and we all go in different ways. We should have programs like this kid has been sentenced to and save the criminal justice system for predatory criminals.

  • wordtoyourmother

    Because that is life. Bad things happen. We don’t have to compound the tragedies.

  • wordtoyourmother

    I would never sign a petition to put a boy behind bars unless he was a proved beyond a doubt serial killer or something. Never.

    Unless you are a member of one of those families, so that you know all the details the public, and even juries, never know, your response is much too emotional. Justice is not supposed to be implemented based upon emotion.

  • wordtoyourmother

    Not to mention, judges aren’t supposed to make decisions in response to public pressure in the first place. That would just be a lynch mob.

  • wordtoyourmother

    It might be hurting relatives of that boy who had nothing to do with any of it. He no doubt has other relatives, maybe aunts and uncles, cousins, grandparents. Public castigation and witch hunts hurt extended families who do not deserve it.

  • wordtoyourmother

    Get real! Whether all parents know it or not, all of our children do things we are told not to do! That is because young people’s brains have not finished developing and they don’t until their mid (for girls) to late (for boys) 20s. I did things my parents and my grandparents told me not to do. Not because I was a bad kid, but because I was a kid and so I didn’t truly grasp the negative possibilities and thought they wouldn’t happen to me and that I knew more than my silly elders. All kids do that and anyone who thinks their kids don’t is either lying to themselves or their kids are really good at hiding it from mom and dad.

  • wordtoyourmother

    I don’t know, but your cyber-screaming tells me you shouldn’t be making decisions regarding the case.

  • wordtoyourmother

    Oh please. Credible resources for that statement please.

  • wordtoyourmother

    One of my children is a ginger, with a deep soul, and smarter than most people.

  • wordtoyourmother

    You do know, don’t you, that you are talking about actual people. The judge’s family members are actual people. You are so cavalier about finding a little humor in their suffering “undeserved” carnage; yet, you and those who join in are better than the kid who made a stupid choice and caused an accident?

    You might want to remember karma.

  • wordtoyourmother

    And we wouldn’t be trying 18-25-year-olds as adults and incarcerating them with adults either.

  • wordtoyourmother

    Athena is right. She is not ignorant and hysterical, but informed. Nor does she get off on tragedy. Athena is the kind of person who should be making public policy.

  • wordtoyourmother

    Class envy doesn’t belong in making justice decisions either.

  • wordtoyourmother

    He didn’t walk.. He is going to be locked up longterm in a treatment center and he will be on probation, monitored, for ten years. That isn’t walking.

    It’s true his parents’ money helped because they could afford to offer the $450,000.00 a year treatment center, but instead of resenting him for having that chance, why not resent the fact that your community/state/country does not offer humane, productive, logical alternatives to everyone? Instead of resenting those who are more affluent, how about working to change the system so everyone has an equal opportunity?

  • wordtoyourmother

    That’s what happens when we turn some actions into moral issues and not others. Once a behavior has been turned into a moral issue, people become much more emotional and vengeful.

  • mean birch

    No dumb ass im not a teen and I wasnt being a smarty pants.it was a friggin compliment, TO AN ARTICLE ALMOST A YEAR AGO. You dont have to tell me how awesome Athena is…I’M HER NUMBER ONE FAN.

  • Lena60

    You must be one of his relatives.

  • salepo

    Its a joke-one he uses to pick on his baby sister who’s a ginger.Two of our grandbabies are also gingers.No offense intended