Prosecutors In Last-Ditch Effort To Jail ‘Affluenza’ Teen

Pressing charges of 'intoxication assault'

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Prosecutors are trying anew to put a Texas teenager behind bars after his now-famous “affluenza” defense succeeded in getting him out of prison time for the drunk-driving car accident that killed four people and injured two.

Ethan Couch, 16, was sentenced to 10 years probation and rehab after he acknowledged he was drunk while driving the car that slammed into a stalled car on the side of the road. Four people are dead and a teen is paralyzed after the accident. But his lawyers argued that Couch suffered from “affluenza” — that he grew up so rich he didn’t understand the consequences of his actions.

 

After the public outrage over the “affluenza” defense, Tarrant County prosecutors are trying to press “intoxication assault” charges against Couch, the Star-Telegram reports. The maximum sentence for that charge is three years in a juvenile detention facility, but prosecutors think it’s better than nothing.

“Every case deserves a verdict,” a prosecutor wrote in an email to the newspaper.

Experts are doubtful the new effort will work, since it’s unusual for the sentencing on lesser charges to be harsher than on the primary charge.

[Star-Telegram]

8 comments
GobeGlimberman
GobeGlimberman

Does anyone want to see this? Let Ethan believe that he is going to go piss around purposelessly in a spa resort until he's old enough and "aware enough of consequences", as if he weren't already. Then yank the rug out from under him and inform him that he is going to die. Then execute him in front of his parents. He might get some last-minute personal growth from the experience. Those lives are lost forever, the child is damaged goods; I think he would make a wonderful carcass and a fine example to boot.  :D

jbh2564
jbh2564

This punk and his parents and the judge should be locked up for the rest of their lives. this is a total disgrace and a slap in the face to us all!   

billgatesisyourdaddy
billgatesisyourdaddy

..."I'm so rich and my daddy is golfing buddies with the judge so I believe that I can do anything that I feel like and get away with it.  My family's money and influence will always allow me to bypass laws and regulations that you meager peons have to follow everyday."


I dare anyone else to go get drunk 3 times the legal limit..get behind the wheel of a car and run over and kill 4 people.  Plead this affluenza BS and see if you don't spend the next 25 years in jail getting your a-hole hammered.

Winchestermom
Winchestermom

.....I get it,he didn't understand that there would be consequences for his actions, so there is no consequence. I really get it, so if, let's say your illegally in this country, you should still get a free college education because you were able to get a free elementary, jr. and sr. high educations free...

affordno10
affordno10

@billgatesisyourdaddy Ethan Couch deserves to become the biggest anal bitch in prison. Even if he only ends up in there for those three years. Those will be three years of his ass being stretched to its limits.

jbh2564
jbh2564

@Winchestermom I didn't get it till you put it like that! hooray! its a free for all!!!!! 

benravensfan29
benravensfan29

@affordno10 @billgatesisyourdaddy When Ethan Couch is anally raped by a big black stallion in the prison shower after he drops the soap, he will learn real quick.