No jail for north Texas teen who admits being drunk in wreck that killed 4

December 12, 2013 4:29:32 AM PST
Families say a drunk teen who caused a fatal accident in north Texas got off too easy.

The 16-year-old was given probation after the defense argued he was a victim of "affluenza" because his privileged parents never set limits on his behavior.

The crash happened on June 15 on a rural road in Fort Worth. Four people died.

Ethan Couch confessed to intoxicated manslaughter. Prosecutors were seeking the 20-year maximum sentence, but on Tuesday, the judge sentenced Couch to ten years probation with no jail time.

"He'll be feeling the hand of God, definitely," said Marla Mitchell, whose daughter was killed in the accident. "He may think he's gotten away with something, but he hasn't gotten away with anything."

Next, Couch will likely go to a pricey rehab center in California with his parents footing the bill for about half a million dollars a year.

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