‘Affluenza’ teen that killed 4 in drunken crash settles with victims’ families

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Couch was spared jail time after his attorney argued he suffered from “affluenza.” (Photo: CNN)

TEXAS (PIX11) — The Texas teen who killed four people while driving drunk but avoided jail time because he was deemed to have “affluenza” has settled with his victims’ families.

The family of Ethan Couch, 15, paid an undisclosed amount to the families tragically impacted by the accident that happened last summer.

Couch killed Breanna Mitchell, 24, Hollie Boyles, 52, and her 21-year-old daughter Shelby, and Brian Jennings, 41, in the crash.

Two others were also seriously injured.

The family of Jennings has not reached a settlement, according to Dallas News.

Couch was only sentenced to 10 years probation after a judge accepted his attorney’s argument that the teen suffered from “affluenza,” meaning his rich parents raised him with “no limits,” giving him freedoms “no teen could handle.”

The judges decision sparked internet outrage, with many saying Couch only got away because his family is wealthy.

Couch was also sentenced to a rehab program.


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