FORT WORTH — The Tarrant County District Attorney's Office is attempting to put a teen at the center of a controversial verdict behind bars after he received probation in a crash that killed four.
Ethan Couch, 16, was sentenced to 10 years probation. In early December, the teen admitted in court to driving drunk when he crashed his vehicle that was carrying seven teens into a group of people. Four people were killed and several others injured in the June crash.
"There has been no verdict formally entered in the two intoxication assault cases," read a statement from District Attorney Joe Shannon. "Every case deserves a verdict. The District Attorney’s Office is asking the court to incarcerate the teen on the two intoxication assault cases. Due to limitations in the Family Code, we are unable to make additional comments."
After the teen was given probation by a judge and ordered to ungergo alcohol rehabilitation, the public expressed outrage. Many criticized the defense lawyer's claim that the teen was a product of "affluenza," alleged neglect from his wealthy parents who let the teen run free. The teen's lawyer said Couch was often left alone and given little guidance or attention.
Couch's parents were ordered to pay a monthly amount of $36,000 for a year's worth of treatment at a California facility.