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Affluenza Teen Avoids Jail a SECOND Time

Texas teenager Ethan Couch made headlines when a psychologist described him as having “affluenza”, allowing the teen to walk despite killing four people while drunk driving. Well, Couch has avoided jail once again as a judge has sentenced him to attend a “rehabilitation center.”

Last December, Couch was sentenced to 10 years of probation despite killing four people and injuring two others while drunk driving. Couch lost control of his Ford F-350 and plowed into a group of people who were helping a woman whose car had broken down. He also had seven passengers in his car, and injured two that were sitting in the bed of the truck. One is paralyzed and is still unable to speak.

According to authorities, Couch, who was 16 years old at the time of incident, had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit and had drugs like Valium in his system.

The sentence outraged families of the victims after a psychologist said that the teen’s “behavioral problems were influenced by a troubled upbringing in a wealthy family where privilege prevented him from grasping the consequences of his actions.”

The psychologist, G Dick Miller, told CNN that he regretted using the term “affluenza,” saying “Everyone seems to have hooked on to it. We used to call these people spoiled brats.”

Instead of being put behind bars, Couch was merely told he was no longer allowed to drive or use alcohol or drugs. Now, another judge has avoided sentencing Couch to a prison term, and instead “ordered the teen be placed in a lock-down residential treatment facility, where he will remain for an undisclosed period. She ordered his parents to pay for the cost of his treatment.”

Prosecutors had asked the judge for a 20 year sentence.

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