Drunk Driving Killer Teenager Too Rich to Jail

Yep you read that correctly, a teenager from USA who drove his car whilst three times over the limit and killed four people and seriously injured others isn’t going to prison because “he is too rich for jail”

Ethan Couch, 16 from Texas, USA robbed beer from a local branch of Walmart and he and seven friends jumped in a pickup truck and left a horrific path of destruction on their drive.

Couch smashed into a woman whose car had broken down, two people coming to help and a passerby on a road in Burleston, Texas. Two of the seven passengers were seriously injured in the collision, one was paralysed and can now only communicate by blinking their eyes.

The punishment for this is usually very lengthy spell in jail. However, Couch was let go on probation after his defence diagnosed him with a condition called “affluenza”

Affluenza essentially means that during Couch’s upbringing his wealthy parents let the spoilt brat get away with everything. So now a young adult he has no concept that what he did was bad. 

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

The victims of the crash.
He pleaded guilty to four counts of manslaughter by intoxication and two counts of assault by intoxication causing bodily injury. 

Once news spread of the injustice of the situation people took to Twitter to state their opinions.

Words by Will Whitby