Skip to comments.Teen Sentenced To Probation For Deadly DWI Crash
Posted on 12/11/2013 12:43:33 PM PST by kobald
Prosecutors were pushing for 16-year-old Ethan Couch to spend 20 years in prison. However, State District Judge Jean Boyd sentenced Couch to a decade of probation.
There was no debate about who was behind the wheel last June, when Couch plowed into and killed four people. Couch has admitted to being the driver, and court records show his blood alcohol level was .24 at the time of the crash, three times the legal limit for an adult. Prosecutors also presented evidence that Couch and some friends stole beer from a Burleson Walmart on June 15, the night of the crash. After consuming the alcohol, Couch and seven others got back into his pickup to go to another store. During the trip, he hit four pedestrians, killing them. Two teens riding in Couchs pickup were thrown from the truck and severely injured.
Couchs attorneys argued his parents were responsible for the teens actions that night because of the way he had been raised. Defense attorneys put a psychologist on the stand who testified Couch was a product of wealth and got whatever he wanted. The psychologist also testified the teen was allowed to drink at a very young age and began driving at 13 years old. Defense attorneys argued Couch needed treatment, not jail and suggested a facility that costs almost half a million dollars a year...
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life has become far too cheap
The world is insane
Glad my wife was not one of those pedestrians or he would not finish his probation, by many years.
A comment at the link says this judge is retiring at the end of her term. This is incomprehensible - probation? Because he was raised in a wealthy lifestyle?? Send them ALL to jail for being idiots!
That half million will buy a lot of luxury. I wonder if it includes political contributions.
Because now, she can afford to?
“Defense attorneys argued Couch needed treatment, not jail and suggested a facility that costs almost half a million dollars a year...”
I would guess the Texas Department of Corrections offers a less expensive treatment program. And was the expert able to put a price on the lives of the four victims?
This distribution of justice is so very lopsided in this case that I predict there will be attempts to administer citizen justice from the local population. If your carelessness results in the needless deaths of four (4) people, no way, should you be walking out free on so called probation. I really doubt if this case is over in the eyes of the public. What a lousy prosecutor, if they could not think of a way to present the case that would automatically deliver a severe punishment. This should have been tried by jury. A Prosecutor must never take for granted that the punishment will fit the crime.
I guess her retirement package is all arranged now.
Star chamber, anyone?
A comment at the link says this judge is retiring at the end of her term.
I guess her retirement package is all arranged now.
Perhaps she now has a SUPPLEMENTAL retirement package now that she has handed down this “no prison time” sentence.
The defense argument is that Couch didn't know any better because he always got what he wanted and never suffered any real consequences for his actions.
So the judge gives Couch what he wants and lets him off without any real consequences for his actions.
Insane is right.
If I were the victims’ family, my “list” would be pretty long....I’ll leave it at that...
The story says the kid was raised “in great wealth”. That may disappear soon. If the vehicle he was driving was owned by one or both of his parents - which seems most likely - the judgements as a result of the lawsuits will no doubt exceed the insurance policy’s limits of liability. In any case like this, that happens but rarely does the party with the liability have assets to take to cover the excess amount. His parents may be about to lose everything and I have no sympathy for them if the account of how they raised their kid is accurate.
Any Freeper Legal Eagles want to chime in on what the civil case could be like? Can the Couches hide/distribute assets before the civil trial or are all assets at the time of the murder available for judgement?
If I were the Couches, I would learn to grow their own food IMHO an hope community justice doesnt arrive on their doorsteps late one evening.
We have a winner!
That rich punk and his friends need to be behind bars for a very long time.
so if his attorney said the blame was on the parents, then file wrongful death and sue them till they are poor.
Probation for this punk should consist of community service that is so hard as to make him wish he’d gone to prison. I don’t even know what it would be.
If American children were allowed and encouraged to experience beer and wine from day one of their lives on this earth as they do in Europe, things like this might not happen.
I don't quite understand how the psychologist could (and was allowed to) testify to these alleged circumstances. Was the psychologist right there with the perp when all this was supposed to have taken place? Can you say "hearsay"? The judge must be crazy/utterly corrupt.
The four killed were a stranded motorist, a youth paster who'd stop to help the motorist, along with two good samaritans who'd also stopped to help.
A comment at one of the other articles I read said this kid had a previous DWI...not sure if that's true, or not. Makes this all the more sad and maddening, if true.
Not really. Plenty of young drunk drivers killing themselves and others in Europe as well.
And just look at a few of the “youth binge drinking” articles the UK Daily Mail regularly posts on its website...yikes! Permissiveness does not equal responsibility.
Mr. Cruz Alejandro Martinez, DOB 5/03/82, was charged with DUI, alcohol and drugs
Mr. Cruz Alejandro Martinez, DOB 5/03/82, was charged with Manslaughter, intoxication, hit & run, personal injury
Mr. Cruz Alejando Martinez, DOB 5/03/82 was convicted of the following:
Count 1: DUI, injury
Count 2: Injury (?)
Count 3: Hit and Run resulting in death
Count 4: Gross vehicular homicide....
Mr. Cruz Alejandro Martinez, DOB 5/03/82, was sentenced to the following:
Counts 1, 2, 3, the court imposes the term of 1 year and 4 months.
Count 4, the court imposes the low term of 4 years and 0 months.
Sentenced to state prison for a total term of 4 years and 0 months.
Credit for time served of 54 actual days plus 26 days pursuant to 4019 PC for a total of 80 days.
If anyone should personally know Mr. Cruz Alejandro Martinez, DOB 5/03/82, who was involved in the death of my brother, Case Info #038969.....Defendant 169912, in the California Desert Criminal and Traffic Court, date 12/20/2001, please send me his current address, I would like to send him a Christmas card........Thank you
The very best justice money can buy. It’s Texas; was he possibly a star football player?
Not me. He killed four people and shattered their families by his own admitted neglegence. He should be in prison for life X 4.
The families should wait a while,then hire a professional to take care of the problem.
Judge did well enough to be able to retire right after making this ruling.
If you are rich enough to buy (in)justice, you don’t need to hide assets.
Hopefully he will continue to drive and use a concrete light pole or a freight train for brakes at about 90 miles an hour.
No, but Ole Ted has been off the sauce for some time now.
I hope someone kills this piece of garbage
We expect drunk people to exercise good judgment, yet of course judgment is the first thing to be diminished by alcohol. Why are we still surprised?
I'm sure that being forced to live here instead of at home will impress upon him the wrongness of his actions.
I want to know why the OUTRAGED MSM wasn’t so outraged over Ted Kennedy getting a free pass on Chappaquiddick.