The husband and father of two victims killed in a deadly June drunk driving accident isn’t happy with the light probation sentence handed down to the 16-year-old behind the wheel.
Ethan Couch of Keller, Texas faced 20 years in prison for killing four and seriously injuring two other but got off with just 10 years probation when the judge bought the defense that he suffered from ‘affluenza’. They argued that his wealthy upbringing kept him from understanding the link between behavior and consequence.
Eric Boyles, who lost his wife Hollie and 21-year-old daughter Shelby in the accident, spoke with Fox’s Martha MacCallum yesterday, saying he is dissatisfied with the easy sentence, and thinks Couch should have been tried as an adult.
Since he was tried as a juvenile, Couch faced a maximum of 20 years in prison but would have been eligible for parole after 2 years.
‘You look at 180 years of future life taken from the four individuals…Even a two year deal, a two year sentence before he’s eligible for parole, didn’t seem exactly fair under those circumstances,’ Mr Boyle said.
Additionally upsetting to Mr Boyle is the fact that Couch will receive his counseling at a ‘country club’-style treatment center in ritzy Newport Beach, California.
Mr Boyle was more emotional on Tuesday, the day the sentence was handed down.
‘Money always seems to keep (Couch) out of trouble,’ he told the Star Telegram. ‘Ultimately today, I felt that money did prevail. If (he) had been any other youth, I feel like the circumstances would have been different.’
At around 11:45om on June 15, Couch and a group his friends who were all drunk, got into a red Ford F350 pick-up and were speeding 70 mph in a 40 mph zone when the truck left the road.
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