Texas teen sentenced to probation in DWI crash that killed four

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 4:52pm

A sixteen year old drunk driver who killed four people in North Texas won't serve a day in jail. The victim's families are outraged.

If you can take anything away from what happened on that June evening in Burleson, TX, it is that live bottoms down to decisions --  choices that can devastate.

"He'll be feeling the hand of God, definitely. He may think he got away with something, but he hasn't gotten away with anything."

Sixteen year old Ethan Couch, who was driving more than three times over the legal limit for adults when he killed four strangers found out that he will likely receive treatment at a high-end rehab facility in California instead of punishment behind bars in Texas on Tuesday.

"To me, it's not right." said Alex Lumas, who's brother was left paralyzed in the same crash. "If he goes out and drinks and drives again and kills some more people, okay, now we put you in prison."

Lumas questions how the teen only received ten years of probation for an act that was so reckless.

WFAA in Dallas spoke with local attorneys who have handled these types of cases in the past. They all say that if Couch ha been just one year older, 17, this would have had a completely different outcome in adult court.

Still, given the severity of the crime, the attorneys WFAA spoke to said they were surprised by the lack of jail time.

Couch's attorney says it makes the most sense, "Taking him away from his family and teaching him how to become a responsible citizen, that's a consequence."

If the teen has even one mishap, he will likely be carted off to prison. But all of this has left some of those closest to the victims looking for justice.

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