The psychologist who helped the 16-year-old rich kid get off with just probation, for mowing down and killing four people in Texas last June, defended his "affluenza" diagnosis on Thursday. Dr. Dick Miller told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Dec. 12 that he doesn't believe the penitentiary is the best place for Ethan Couch.
Dr. Miller testified at the teenager's intoxication manslaughter trial, in which he was accused of killing four pedestrians while driving drunk over Father's Day weekend. Miller helped convince the judge that Ethan Couch was a victim of his family's wealth.
Couch faced up to 20 years behind bars, but was sentenced to just 10 years probation earlier this week, sparking outrage from families of the victims, as well as the public.
The sentence was met with cries of justice for sale, and viewed as being too lenient, and yet another example of someone's wealth and status helping them get off easy.
On the stand, Miller used the term affluenza, but he now admits, "we used to call these people spoiled brats", according to the Daily News. He now regrets having used that controversial term.
Thanks to his help, Couch will now serve some time at a posh California rehab facility, where he'll be able to ride horses, do yoga and take cooking classes.
The luxurious facility in Southern California also offers health spa-style accommodations that include therapy, meditation and nutrition courses as well.
Couch's parents are said to be forking over about $450,000 for their son to go to the swanky rehab center rather than going to jail.
The teen was found to be driving 70 mph down a Burleson road while high on Valium, and with a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit, when he slammed into the victims on June 15.
Killed were Brian Jennings, 43, Breanna Mitchell, 24, Shelby Boyles, 21, and her 52-year-old mother Hollie Boyles.
The term affluenza was coined to describe someone who doesn't understand the negative consequences of their actions, because they're affluent and have been spoiled all their lives.
Fallout from the shocking sentence has led to a petition on change.org urging Gov. Rick Perry to remove Judge Jean Boyd from the bench.
Texas law states that the governor can remove a sitting judge with a two thirds vote from both houses of the state legislature.
However, without commenting directly on the sentence, Judge Boyd has already announced she will retire next year.