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‘Affluenza’ Teen Escapes Jail For Second Time On New Assault Charges

Ethan Couch, the 16-year-old who escaped jail time after driving drunk and killing four people due to an “affluenza” diagnosis, has escaped jail once again. The Texas teenager pleaded guilty this week to two intoxication assault counts against him stemming from the crash last June, which could have resulted in him being sent to juvenile hall for three years. However, Judge Jean Boyd further angered the victims‘ families by refusing to send him to prison.

Boyd ordered that Couch attend a lock-down treatment facility for an unspecified amount of time and that his parents pay the bill. His current 10-year probation still stands, which forbids Couch from driving or using drugs and alcohol. If he violates the terms of his probation, he could face 10 years behind bars. Couch has currently been residing in a luxury residential treatment facility in Newport Beach, CA, with his father footing the annual $450,000 tab.

Couch’s blood alcohol level was triple the legal limit at the time of the crash and he was also under the influence of prescription drugs. The affluenza diagnosis given by doctors for Couch’s defense in the trial last November claimed that the teenager never had to serve any real time because his affluent upbringing caused him to be unable to distinguish right from wrong. “He never learned to say that you’re sorry if you hurt someone,” said Dr. Gary Miller. “If you hurt someone, you sent him money.” Miller also said the teen had an “intellectual age” of 18, but an “emotional age” of 12.

One of the two people still alive after the incident, 16-year-old Sergio Molas, is now completely paralyzed and requires 24-hour care. Molas is “minimally conscious” and can only communicate with his family by blinking. Doctors have told his parents that they should not expect any improvements beyond his current condition. They have since sued Couch’s family and his father’s business for $20 million in damages.

A petition has circulated online calling for Texas Gov. Rick Perry to remove Boyd from her position over the rulings related to this case.

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  • Os Siren

    the American Psychological Association does not recognize affluenza as a mental disorder, it is a made up diagnostic. the judges in these cases should be put in jail. if it woul have been a poor teen or a a teen of any other race the verdict would have been different I am sure.

    • Sam Harris

      That is right if its not in the dsm-v you are right

  • Martha Lacy

    This is a disgrace.

  • Kevin117

    “Couch has currently been residing in a luxury residential treatment facility in Newport Beach, CA, with his father footing the annual $450,000 tab.” is more Affluenza.

    • Cathryn Sykes

      Yep, I imagine he’ll never get over the hell he’s suffering in that place. $450,000 a year. I bet the champagne’s domestic. The horror!

  • JANICE52508 .

    THIS BOY WILL SOON LEARN FROM HIS MISTAKES ON HIS OWN, THEIR MAKING OTHER GEORGE ZIMMERMAN….THIS JUDGE NEEDS TO STEP DOWN, IF IT HAD BEEN A BLACK KID, SHE WOULD HAVE THROWN THE BOOK AT HIM PLUS 30 YEARS…MY, MY HOW THEY PROTECT THE WHITE KIDS…TRAYVON WOULD NOT HAVE A CHANCE WITH HER EITHER(HE WOULD HAVE STILL CAUSED HIS OWN DEATH) WHEN HE WAS THE VICTIM!!!

    • Cathryn Sykes

      White, RICH kids. I really think the rich part is more important here.

  • Gort1

    What is wrong with this judge? She related to the family. .or owe them?

  • liberalinlove

    The victim should be in a $450,000 treatment center, and the perp, confined to a wheel chair!

  • thebossrickyross

    Shut the fuck up about trayvon. He got what came to him. No room for thugs. There is also no room for sensitive baby teenagers. parents step the fuck up. Quit blaming everyone else.

    • alykatma

      I blame the person who shot the unarmed teenager that he stalked. Since then Zimmerman has attacked or threatend with a gun, his ex-wife and his girlfriend. Cowards/bullies do that.

    • janbn

      Why don’t you shut up. Trayvon’s only offense in the eyes of the vicious killer Zimmerman is that he was a black teenager wearing a hoodie. Trayvon, unlike his vicious killer, was unarmed and was of no threat to the vicious killer Zimmerman.
      I’ll bet you loved it when the rich white kid got sent to an expensive rehab rather than a prison where he belonged. Did the four people he killed get what was coming to them? Did the two who remain in hospital get what was coming to them?
      What is wrong with people like you?

    • Saun Hytche

      Law enforcement ordered Zimmerman NOT to follow an unarmed child. What came to the child was premeditated murder. But, the discussion here is what the justice system did with a child whose choices and behaviors killed 4 people and wounded others for life. One thing is evident in both instances–courts are restricting law enforcement in carrying out their duties.,

  • Lori

    The petition is to Texas Governor Rick Perry NOT Florida Governor Rick Scott – check your facts. This is all taking place in Texas. For once this in not a Florida scandal. lol

    • Aloanstar

      Where did it say Florida?? The article clearly says ”

      A petition has circulated online calling for Texas Gov. Rick Perry to remove Boyd from her position over the rulings related to this case.”

      • Lori

        When I read it 6 days ago it “clearly said” “Florida Governor Rick Scott” – hence why I made my comment. I never comment on these things. I wouldn’t have said something otherwise. They have obviously fixed the error.

  • FalconTypo

    This is disgusting.

  • Patrice Roberson

    Affluenza = white sympathy. Judge was too sympathetic to white boy to send his ass to jail.