Family outraged over drunken driving probation

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 3:50pm

A 16 year-old drunk driver who killed four people won't serve a day in jail. The victim's families are outraged, Todd Unger has the story from Fort Worth, Texas.

If you can take anything away from what happened on that June evening, it is that life bottoms down to decisions, choices that can devastate.

Marla Mitchell, Victim's Mother, "He'll be feeling the hand of God, definitely. He may think he got away with something, but he hasn't gotten away with anything."

16 year-old Ethan Couch, who was driving more than three times over the legal limit for adults when he killed four strangers, found out that he will likely receive treatment at a high end rehab facility in California instead of punishment behind bars here in Texas.

Alex Lumas, Victim's Brother, "To me, it's not right."

Alex Luma has a brother who was paralyzed in the same accident, "If he goes out and drinks and drives again and kills some more people, okay, now we put you in prison."

He questions how the teen only received ten years of probation for an act so reckless.

We spoke with a couple of local attorneys who have handled these types of cases in the past. They all say that if Couch was just one year older, this would have no doubt played out far differently in adult court.

Still, given the severity of this crime, they are surprised there is no jail time. Scott Brown, Couch's attorney, says it makes the most sense,  "Taking him away from his family and teaching him how to become a responsible citizen, that's a consequence."

If the teen has even one mishap, he will likely be carted off to prison, but all of is has left some of those still looking for justice

Marla Mitchell, "I can't change anything in there. Only God can do that."

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