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Spoiled teen avoids prison after killing 4 people because he is too privileged

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On Tuesday, a judge sentenced a 16-year-old who killed four pedestrians in June. CBS in Fort Worth reports the incident occurred after Couch and some friends stole and consumed beer from a local Walmart.

After finishing the beer, Couch and seven others hit the road in Couch’s pickup truck to find another store. Couch, who admitted to driving, drove an estimated 70 mph in a 40 zone when he struck and killed four people. Although the state pushed for 20 years behind bars, a lenient judge spared Couch from jail and sentenced him to probation for ten years.

Couch’s blood alcohol level tested at .24, three times the .08 legal limit.

The defense argued that Couch suffers from “affluenza,” a condition that doesn’t hold him accountable for his actions because of excessive wealth. The defense successfully claimed that Couch’s privileged life didn’t allow him to distinguish between disruptive behavior and its effects. Previously, Couch avoided punishment after police found him passed out with a naked 14-year-old girl. Though Couch is underage, his parents allowed him to drink alcohol and drive when he was 13. As part of his sentence, Couch’s father will pay $450,000 for his son’s counseling at a private facility. Read more about this story at the CBS DFW website.

Marc Hoover is a freelance writer and author of two books “You Need a Cellmate, Not a Soulmate” and “21 Things you Gotta Know About the NFL.” Click on the links to buy his books or contact him about this story or anything else at augustlake@fuse.net. Marc also has a website for family members to write messages to their deceased loved ones. Visit Letters Beyond Heaven to either share or read personal letters to beloved family members and friends.

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