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by Patrick DeHaan on Dec 12, 2013 01:45 PM
Your eyes are reading correctly, sadly, as Judge Jean Boyd sentenced a boy who killed four while he was drunk, to probation, according to CNN.
The boy, 16, suffered from what lawyers for his defense called "affluenza", apparently a condition where parents never set limits for the boy and gave him everything he wanted.
The decision, which brought frustration to prosecutors and stunned victims' family members, will mean the boy gets off with hardly a slap on the wrist. Victims family members say they feel that Couch got off too easy. Prosecutors had asked for the maximum of 20 years behind bars.
"Let's face it. ... There needs to be some justice here," Eric Boyles, who lost his wife and daughter, told CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" on Wednesday night.
Couch was sentenced by a juvenile court judge Tuesday. If he upsets the conditions of his probation in any way, he could face up to 10 years of prison, according to a statement from the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's Office.
The judge told the court she would not release Couch to his parents, but would work to find the teen a treatment facility.
"There are absolutely no consequences for what occurred that day," said Boyles. "The primary message has to absolutely be that money and privilege can't buy justice in this country."
His wife, Hollie Boyles, and daughter, Shelby, left their home to help Breanna Mitchell, whose SUV had broken down. Brian Jennings, a youth pastor, was driving past and also stopped to help.
All four were killed when the teen's pickup plowed into the pedestrians. Couch's vehicle also struck a parked car, which then slid into another vehicle driving in the opposite direction.