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Sentence in Texas teen's fatal DWI wreck stirs ire

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HOUSTON, Texas - Outrage across America after a judge orders probation for a teenager who killed 4 people while drunk driving. The defense said the teen deserved the light sentence because his rich parents never taught him right from wrong. Reporter Alina Machado has more. Ethan Couch's attorneys say he's the product of Affluenza, living with a life of privilege whose parents never taught him that bad behavior has real consequences. Ethan Couch admitted to drinking alcohol the night his speeding truck caused a chain reaction crash that killed 4 people and severely injured 2 others in Tarrant County, Texas. His sentence: 10 years probation, not the 20  years of prison prosecutors asked for. The victims' loved ones were stunned.

Eric Boyles lost his wife and daughter that night in June. Hollie and Shelby Boyles were helping Breanna Mitchell, a 24 year old whose car left her stranded on the side of the road. Brian Jennings, a youth pastor, also stopped to help when Couch's vehicle slammed into them. All 4 were killed. 3 hours after the crash, Couch's blood alcohol level was .24, 3 times the legal limit in Texas. A psychologist testifying for the defense reportedly called Couch a product of Affluenza, saying he was brought up to spend money instead of saying sorry if he hurt someone, and that he never learned that sometimes you don't get your way.

The judge opted for probation and therapy over prison time. For the families of the victims, that's simply not enough. If Ethan Couch violates any of the conditions of his probation over the next 10 years, he could be sentenced up to 10 years in prison. He was not released to his parents, but will have to spend time in an intensive, long-term rehab facility.

This story generated plenty of comments on our Facebook page. More than 200 of you commented, and most of you were outraged at the decision. In general, you felt the judge should have used this situation to teach the teen a stricter lesson.

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