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kool-aid
12-12-2013, 09:51 PM
From the Huffington Post:


FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A North Texas teen from an affluent family was sentenced to probation this week after he killed four pedestrians when he lost control of his speeding pickup truck while driving drunk, a punishment that 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 the teenager needed rehabilitation not prison, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (http://bit.ly/1f8GnvQ ) reported.

If the boy continues to be cushioned by his family's wealth, another tragedy is inevitable, 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," Alpert said.

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, a 43-year-old Burleson youth minister; Breanna Mitchell of Lillian, 24; Shelby Boyles, 21; and her 52-year-old mother, Hollie Boyles.

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, at a cost of more than $450,000 a year for treatment.

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

But instead, 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.


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

Eric Boyles, who lost his wife and daughter, 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 minister's widow, 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 the parents were preoccupied with arguments 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.

WHAT IS THIS CRAP???

jpeters
12-13-2013, 02:25 PM
I have been trying not to read this whole story because the more I read the more pissed I get about it. But I think this kid better watch out because I bet some "good ol boy" will take care of him.

Playfair
12-13-2013, 03:17 PM
So many strange things have been coming out of Texas lately. What has happened to that state?

garhkal
12-13-2013, 06:41 PM
From the Huffington Post:



WHAT IS THIS CRAP???


Well if the kid suffered from being too rich to understand his crimes, all this does is emphasise it. AS a kid his parents never punished him for wrong doing, now the state is doing the same. So he will NEVER learn.

raider8169
12-13-2013, 07:48 PM
Well if the kid suffered from being too rich to understand his crimes, all this does is emphasise it. AS a kid his parents never punished him for wrong doing, now the state is doing the same. So he will NEVER learn.

How is sending him to prision for life or 20 years going to teach him a lesson either. He made a mistake and he deserves a second chance. His status as being "rich" doesnt change anything. How many kids grow up being poor and dont learn to be responsible that way? I dont think the kids should be able to walk without something but spending years and years in jail isnt going to help anything.

71Fish
12-13-2013, 08:08 PM
How is sending him to prision for life or 20 years going to teach him a lesson either. He made a mistake and he deserves a second chance. His status as being "rich" doesnt change anything. How many kids grow up being poor and dont learn to be responsible that way? I dont think the kids should be able to walk without something but spending years and years in jail isnt going to help anything.

He acted irresponsibly by stealing beer and stealing a truck, drinking (under age) and driving, kills four people and doesn't deserve jail time? Really?

raider8169
12-13-2013, 09:22 PM
He acted irresponsibly by stealing beer and stealing a truck, drinking (under age) and driving, kills four people and doesn't deserve jail time? Really?

It sounds odd but yes. Hear me out, this guy grew up with the understanding he can do no wrong. Many people grow up like this. He got stupid one night and while he killed people because of his actions it doesnt mean he should go to jail. He should be punished, but how is sending him to jail for the next 20 years going to help? I think if he did go to jail it would be deserving but he still has to live with his actions for the rest of his life. If that isnt punishment I dont know what it. Granted he may think he is invincible now, so another punishment would be in order. Take away his driving until he is 40, make him serve probation for the rest of this life, who cares. Point in the matter is that he needs to face the family of those he killed. He needs to make amends to them, he cant do that in jail.

USN - Retired
12-13-2013, 10:03 PM
but how is sending him to jail for the next 20 years going to help?

That kid should languish in prison for many years. We need to make an example of that kid. If that kid suffers in prison for many years, then perhaps other kids might decide to behave appropriately.

USN - Retired
12-13-2013, 10:05 PM
He made a mistake and he deserves a second chance..

"2+2=3" is a mistake. What he did was criminal. There's a difference. Stealing and drunk driving are not "mistakes". They are a crime.

raider8169
12-13-2013, 10:27 PM
That kid should languish in prison for many years. We need to make an example of that kid. If that kid suffers in prison for many years, then perhaps other kids might decide to behave appropriately.

Really other kids? Do you really think other kids will care? When I see other NCO's get in trouble it doesnt change my way of thinking one bit. I am going to do what I am going to do reguardless of what other people do. Making an example of out him isnt going to help anyone other than people feel he got what was coming to him. That would be best for others not best for this kid. If the punishment for this is standardized and jail time is/has been always included than I would agree with jail time. However, I still dont think it would help the kid learn and be able to move on from his mistake/criminal activity if you will.

I do think he got off easy but I still dont think jail time would help him. Punish him with fines, loss of driving, not allow him to drink, AA classes, anything else to help him but I dont see jail doing that.

B1k3rBoi
12-13-2013, 11:03 PM
Really other kids? Do you really think other kids will care? When I see other NCO's get in trouble it doesnt change my way of thinking one bit. I am going to do what I am going to do reguardless of what other people do. Making an example of out him isnt going to help anyone other than people feel he got what was coming to him. That would be best for others not best for this kid. If the punishment for this is standardized and jail time is/has been always included than I would agree with jail time. However, I still dont think it would help the kid learn and be able to move on from his mistake/criminal activity if you will.

I do think he got off easy but I still dont think jail time would help him. Punish him with fines, loss of driving, not allow him to drink, AA classes, anything else to help him but I dont see jail doing that.

Sooooo if this kid mowed down your entire family, you would just say "it's ok, I understand you're a troubled teen. Go to AA and enjoy the rest of your life"?

The kid committed murder. It's no different than if he had a gun and shot four people. He deserves incarceration at the least.

garhkal
12-14-2013, 07:27 PM
It sounds odd but yes. Hear me out, this guy grew up with the understanding he can do no wrong. Many people grow up like this. He got stupid one night and while he killed people because of his actions it doesnt mean he should go to jail. He should be punished, but how is sending him to jail for the next 20 years going to help? I think if he did go to jail it would be deserving but he still has to live with his actions for the rest of his life. If that isnt punishment I dont know what it. Granted he may think he is invincible now, so another punishment would be in order. Take away his driving until he is 40, make him serve probation for the rest of this life, who cares. Point in the matter is that he needs to face the family of those he killed. He needs to make amends to them, he cant do that in jail.

If he has never had to "Deal with the consequences of his actions before" cause of his rich parents, how is letting him stay out of jail, going to cause him to 'have to live with this the rest of his life">>
As to 'take away his driving till he is 40' we remove and suspend licenses all the time, but those people getting it revoked or suspended still drive.
And as i said in my initial posting, all this is going to do is yet again enforce to his mind, that he can do no wrong. Even the courts won't dink him.

raider8169
12-18-2013, 07:16 PM
Sooooo if this kid mowed down your entire family, you would just say "it's ok, I understand you're a troubled teen. Go to AA and enjoy the rest of your life"?

The kid committed murder. It's no different than if he had a gun and shot four people. He deserves incarceration at the least.

This isnt about what the family wants. If it was my family I would have just ran the guy over and been done with it. This is suppose to be about rehabilitating the kid so he can be a productive member of the community. It also comes down to his intent. If he had a gun and killed 4 people his intent would have been to kill 4 or more people. This kid's intent was likely to get everyone home and not hurt anyone. It didnt work out that way and he should have never thought that way but he was a minor who was given alcohol, a crime in its own right for whoever gave him access. How many times do you think this kid has been drunk to know what it is or anything like that? Could be a bunch or that could have been his first time. Im not saying you are wrong, Im just saying I dont completly disagree with the sentence.

raider8169
12-18-2013, 07:18 PM
If he has never had to "Deal with the consequences of his actions before" cause of his rich parents, how is letting him stay out of jail, going to cause him to 'have to live with this the rest of his life">>
As to 'take away his driving till he is 40' we remove and suspend licenses all the time, but those people getting it revoked or suspended still drive.
And as i said in my initial posting, all this is going to do is yet again enforce to his mind, that he can do no wrong. Even the courts won't dink him.

If that was me I would have major issues living with it. Cant say the kid will have the same but one would hope. If he does something stupid again than we will know he thinks he can do no wrong but doesnt he deserve a chance to prove that?

kool-aid
12-18-2013, 09:35 PM
If that was me I would have major issues living with it.

Luckily he can deal with his guilt with loads of alcohol.

imported_WINTHORP1
12-19-2013, 01:18 AM
Moral of the story, win the lottery, don't be held accountable for your actions.

garhkal
12-19-2013, 02:57 AM
If that was me I would have major issues living with it. Cant say the kid will have the same but one would hope. If he does something stupid again than we will know he thinks he can do no wrong but doesnt he deserve a chance to prove that?

And how many people in jail now should be out 'to give them a chance to prove they can live with it;>?

imported_WILDJOKER5
12-19-2013, 12:28 PM
Thats harsh, immagine if he was an illegal immagrant. He might be sent to some desolate place where he wouldnt get 3 square meals a day and cable TV. I think that would be called his homeland. Do we really make this a national story when illegals just get deported for doing the same thing?

imported_WILDJOKER5
12-19-2013, 12:33 PM
If he has never had to "Deal with the consequences of his actions before" cause of his rich parents, how is letting him stay out of jail, going to cause him to 'have to live with this the rest of his life">>
As to 'take away his driving till he is 40' we remove and suspend licenses all the time, but those people getting it revoked or suspended still drive.
And as i said in my initial posting, all this is going to do is yet again enforce to his mind, that he can do no wrong. Even the courts won't dink him.

Lindsey Lohan anyone?

imported_WILDJOKER5
12-19-2013, 12:34 PM
And how many people in jail now should be out 'to give them a chance to prove they can live with it;>?

Non-violent drug offenders...I think that is about half of the prison population right there.

imported_WILDJOKER5
12-19-2013, 05:29 PM
Is there such a thing called poorfluenza too? Where the parents of poor kids dont teach about savings or hard days work? Or if the poor parents are working 2 jobs, then they have an even better excuse not to be able to teach their kids right from wrong. I think this has been used before, just not from the "affluent" side.

garhkal
03-29-2014, 07:46 PM
Yesterday morning, CNN had a piece on this bringing it back to the fore front in that some of the victims of this kid have not forgiven him or felt he has been suitably punished.