**Judge gives probation to teen who killed four in DWI crash citing ‘affluenza’ **
FORT WORTH, Texas — A juvenile court judge sentenced 16-year-old Ethan Couch to 10 years’ probation Tuesday for the drunk driving crash that killed four people. Judge Jean Boyd could have sentenced Couch to 20 years behind bars.
Youth pastor Brian Jennings; mother and daughter Hollie and Shelby Boyles; and 24-year-old Breanna Mitchell died in the June 15 accident.
Boyd told the teen that he is responsible for what happened, but didn’t believe he would receive the necessary therapy in jail.
Loved ones of victims left through a back door. They spent the afternoon speaking directly to Couch about how the crash changed their lives. They wanted him to serve some jail time.
The widow of one of the victims looked at the defendant and said, “Ethan, we forgive you.”
Couch swallowed hard and appeared to tear up a little bit in the courtroom upon hearing those words.
Prior to sentencing, a psychologist called by the defense, Dr. G. Dick Miller, testified that Couch’s life could be salvaged with one to two years’ treatment and no contact with his parents.
First, let’s shoot the psychologist and the judge.
Second, if the guy supposedly needs to be cured of “affluenza” he should be dropped off in one of our finer ghettos for some immersion therapy.