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Apparently Being Rich is a Disease

kyfe

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what a f*cking joke, that judge should be fired

Rich douche gets probation for killing 4 people while drunk driving

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A North Texas teen from an affluent family received a probation-only sentence this week for losing control of his pickup truck while drunk and killing four pedestrians, a punishment that has outraged the victims' families and left prosecutors disappointed.

The 16-year-old boy was sentenced Tuesday in a Fort Worth juvenile court to 10 years of probation after he confessed to intoxication manslaughter in the June 15 crash on a dark rural road.

Prosecutors had sought the maximum 20 years in state custody for the Keller teen, but his attorneys appealed to state District Judge Jean Boyd that he needed rehabilitation instead of imprisonment, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Teen sentenced to 10 years probation, rehab in 4 deaths | Crime and Safety | News from F... ) reported.

Authorities said the teen and friends were seen on surveillance video stealing two cases of beer from a store. He had seven passengers in his Ford F-350, was speeding and had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit, according to testimony during the trial. His pickup truck slammed into the four pedestrians, killing Brian Jennings, 43-year-old Burleson youth minister; Breanna Mitchell of Lillian, 24; Shelby Boyles, 21, and her 52-year-old mother, Hollie Boyles.

If the boy, who is from an affluent family, continued to be cushioned by his family's wealth and another tragedy is likely in his future, prosecutor Richard Alpert said in court.

"There can be no doubt that he will be in another courthouse one day blaming the lenient treatment he received here," he said.

Boyd said the programs available in the Texas juvenile justice system may not provide the kind of intensive therapy the teen could receive at a rehabilitation center near Newport Beach, Calif., that was suggested by his defense attorneys. The parents would pick up the tab for the center, which runs more than $450,000 a year for treatment.

Scott Brown, the boy's lead defense attorney, said the teen could have been freed after two years if he had drawn the 20-year sentence.

"(The judge) fashioned a sentence that could have him under the thumb of the justice system for the next 10 years," he told the Star-Telegram.

Survivors of those killed in the accident drew little comfort from that assurance.

Eric Boyles lost his wife and daughter, and said the family's wealth helped the teen avoid incarceration.

"Money always seems to keep you out of trouble," Boyles said. "Ultimately today, I felt that money did prevail. If you had been any other youth, I feel like the circumstances would have been different."

Shaunna Jennings, the widow of the minister, said her family had forgiven the teen but believed a sterner punishment was needed.

"You lived a life of privilege and entitlement, and my prayer is that it does not get you out of this," she said. "My fear is that it will get you out of this."

A psychologist called as an expert defense witness said the boy suffered from "affluenza," growing up in a house where parents were preoccupied with arguments with each other that led to a divorce.

The father "does not have relationships, he takes hostages," psychologist Gary Miller said, and the mother was indulgent. "Her mantra was that if it feels good, do it," he said.
 
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Maui

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I agree with the ruling.

The kid is 16.

If anyone that store should be in some kind of trouble for lack of keeping their liquor secure.
 

kyfe

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I agree with the ruling.

The kid is 16.

If anyone that store should be in some kind of trouble for lack of keeping their liquor secure.
really?

He stole the alcohol, he drove 3 times over the legal limit and killed 4 people, usually people demand the persons head on a platter, yet you sympathize?
 

Maui

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Yeah I don't really buy into the eye for an eye thing. Certainly not with minors. Young kids do stupid shit. Should the rest of their life be ruined because of that? 4 people's lives were ended, will doing the same to a 5th bring them back?
Nope. I'm sure he didn't intend or want to kill anyone and he will live with that forever.
 
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kyfe

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Yeah I don't really buy into the eye for an eye thing. Certainly not with minors. Young kids do stupid shit. Should the rest of their life be ruined because of that? 4 people's lives were ended, will doing the same to a 5th bring them back?
Nope. I'm sure he didn't intend or want to kill anyone and he will live with that forever.
he actually seemed pretty indifferent about the entire thing. What I take exception with (and I'm surprised you don't) is allowing our judicial system to be bought off to avoid jail time.

Clearly this is what happened, they were asking for 20 years in prison it's almost unheard of for someone to receive no sentence and 10 years probation when such a sentence is being sought. Someday we'll have a two tier judicial system where you can pay inflated fines to avoid conviction regardless of the criminality of the act in question.

This isn't eye for an eye it's proper punishment for the crime and keep in mind he didn't just make a mistake he committed 3 separate criminal acts that have damaged 4 families forever. I get that he's 16 but IMO that only makes the entire mess even worse as he should never have been behind the wheel drunk
 
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Taro

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there has always been a two tier system - it's called getting good lawyers - although he is a minor, I still think something more than what dealt out for punishment should have been - but it does prove if you have a good lawyer, you can make a case for anything
 

Taro

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watch that doc that pratik posted - Gideon's Army - it deals with public prosecutors in US and the life they live....the types of cases they see...........two tied system all the way.it's always been that way
 

praktik

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Gideon's Army is a fucking tear jerker - and meanwhile corps pay billion dollar fines - "gifts" I guess cause they do that and then say "we didn't admit wrongdoing".

Reminds me of Nucky's kid last season of Boardwalk...
 

Taro

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the law is reflection of power, not of justice (always has been, always will be) - anyone who thought otherwise should give their head a shake
 
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