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In the News: Affluenza Teen Ordered to Lock-Down Rehab

On Wednesday, a judge ordered that Ethan Couch, who drove drunk and caused a car accident that resulted in killing four people and injuring two, go into a lock-down residential treatment facility. After the decision made by State District Judge Jean Boyd that this Texas teenager wouldn’t serve any jail time, he was sentenced to 10 years’ of probation. This story made nation-wide headlines after it was stated that Couch was a victim of “affluenza,” which means he is the product of wealthy and privileged parents who never set restrictions for him.

That specific defense, however, played no part in the judge’s verdict, Couch’s lawyer told the media on Wednesday. Court was closed to the public. It was uncertain how long Couch might stay in treatment but it was ordered by the judge that Couch’s parents would pay for the treatment facility. The teenager must abstain from using drugs or alcohol and is not allowed to drive as a part of his probation sentence. If he violates the terms of his probation, he could face up to 10 years in prison.

“I think he can be rehabilitated given intensive therapy and I hope that he gets it,” Wynn said about the teen. “The juvenile system is about rehabilitation and if it’s going to be about rehabilitation, she (Boyd) absolutely made the right decision.” Eric Boyles lost his wife and daughter in the car accident and disagrees with this and has no doubt that money played a role in this case. “Had he (Couch) not had money to have the defense there, to also have the experts testify, and also offer to pay for the treatment, I think the results would have been different,” he stated on Wednesday following the events.

In my opinion, I think that Ethan Couch should have definitely served some time in jail for his actions and the killing of four people and injuring of two others. I can’t say I completely disagree with what Eric Boyles had to say with money having a huge factor in all of this. I do believe in rehabilitation for sick and suffering alcoholics and addicts but the law is still the law. When you drive under the influence and have an outcome like Couch did, I think you should have to suffer the consequences of your actions.

“There has been nothing from Ethan from these proceedings with regards to remorse on his part at all — that I do think would have helped. It would have helped the victims. No doubt about it, it would have helped,” said Boyles. Prosecutors were also dissatisfied with the judge’s verdict. They had requested for the maximum of 20 years behind bars. The fact that Couch hasn’t shown any remorse for his actions worries me. Honestly, if the affluenza defense is what is really going on here, maybe he could use some treatment and therapy. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.


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