Teen avoids prison time after killing four people
Families of victims are outraged after a teen driver avoided jail time when he was involved in a drunk driving accident that injured and killed multiple people.
Ethan Crouch was 16 at that time, when he killed four people in June 2013. Families of the victim expressed outrage Wednesday when Crouch avoided jail and was ordered to rehabilitation facility paid by his parents.
Jean Boyd, the State District Judge of the hearing, decided again to give no prison term for Crouch. The hearing was closed to the public, according to defense attorney Reagan Wynn and prosecutors.
Prosecutors are asking Boyd to sentence Crouch to 20 years in state custody on charges relating to the injuries of the two people involved in the crash.
Couch was ordered a sentencing to 10 years of probation in the automobile accident that killed four people in June 2013. Crouch's sentencing to 10 years probation caused a controversy and debate over his sentence leniency. A testimony of a defense expert say that Crouch's wealthy parents "coddled" him into a sense of irresponsibility, which they came up with the term of his condition as "affluenza”.
Couch was tested positive for alcohol, when his blood-alcohol level was three times the legal limit for an adult. There were also traces of Valium in his system when the pickup truck plowed into a group of people who were helping a driver and their car.
The seven passengers were in Couch's pickup truck when the crash occurred. Sergio Molina was one of the passengers who was seriously injured, now paralyzed and can communicate only by blinking their eyes. Solimon Mohmand, another of Couch's passenger, suffered multiple broken bones and internal injuries.
Family members were upset after the hearing when Couch again avoided jail time. They said that they believe Couch received a lenient sentence, due to his wealthy parents.
Since then, six civil lawsuits have been filed against Couch, his parents and the family's company. Marla Mitchell, the mother of Breanna Mitchell who was one of the victims in Couch's fatal drunk driving crash says that no amount of money will escape Couch's guilt.
Eric Broyles, a family member of the victim says, "Had he 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.”
Marla Mitchell whose daughter, Breanna, was killed says, "No amount of money or prestige or status is ever gonna grant them immunity to what they all chose for their life that caused this to our lives.”
The teen's family had offered to pay for Couch to go to a $450,000 a year rehabilitation center in Newport Beach, California. Couch is currently n state custody and is expected to receive alcohol and drug rehabilitation. However, he could face prison time if he runs away from the facility or violates any of his probation terms, says Albert.
Prosecutor Riley Shaw say that there is no minimum amount of time Couch must spend in the facility before Couch's release.
"You’re drunk and high and you’ve got kids yelling at you to stop,” says Alexander Lemus, Molina's older brother, another victim in the fatal car accident. “There should have been some time served. There should
“I don’t believe the world will ever take their eyes off him,” Mitchell said.
Source: Fox News, "Victims' families in Texas 'affluenza' case outraged after teen avoids jail again," Staff, February 06 2014