Wealthy Teen Dodges Prison After Citing ‘Affluenza’

A teenager who killed four people in a drunken car crash avoided a possible 20-year sentence on Tuesday.

Why? Because his parents were to blame, according to his defense team.

Ethan Couch, a 16 year old from Texas, was sentenced to 10 years probation by a state district judge. His attorneys argued that Couch’s wealthy parents were responsible for giving him whatever he wanted.

The defense called psychologist Gary Miller to the stand Tuesday to back up that claim. Miller said that Couch was the product of “affluenza” and that he was raised so that he didn’t understand limits.

“The teen never learned to say that you’re sorry if you hurt someone,” Miller said. “If you hurt someone, you sent him money.”

Defense attorneys asked that Couch be sent to a counseling center that costs $450,000 a year, with the bill to be paid by his father. The judge has not yet named a specific facility for the teen.

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