In another blow to the parents and relatives of the victims killed by Ethan Couch in a 2013 DWI accident, Fox News reports Ethan Couch’s parents will only pay a fraction of the cost for rehabilitation for the rich teen.
In a story that shocked Texas residents, Ethan Couch avoided jail time for killing four people and injuring several others in 2013. He was instead required to attend rehab. According to Ethan Couch’s lawyer, the teen was not responsible for his actions because he suffered from “affluenza, a condition that affects children from wealthy families who have a sense of entitlement and make bad decisions.”
Ethan Couch treatment less than $2,000 per month
Friday at a hearing for Ethan Couch the North Texas State Hospital notified the 16-year-old’s parents that they would only have to pay maximum of $1,170 per month, which is the cost of less than two days per month for treatment for Ethan Couch.
According to the hospital, they believed Ethan Couch and his parents should pay for treatment based on “a sliding scale.” Unfortunately, the rest of the cost for treatment could be paid by us, the taxpayer. Looks like another bad decisions, but this time it’s by the hospital, not Ethan Couch.
Texas man get life sentence for 9th DWI conviction
In another strange DWI story, ABC News reports a Texas judge has sentenced Bobby Stovall, 54, to life in prison after his ninth DWI conviction. Stovall was involved in an accident in Round Rock, Texas, and at the time of the accident his BAC or blood alcohol concentration was 0.32%, four times higher than the legal limit in Texas. According to the report, Stovall was operating his vehicle under the influence of alcohol in July of last year when he weaved across the road, hit another car and injured the other driver.
According to the District Attorney in Williamson County it was time to send Stovall a message. Given that he had been arrested eight previous times for the same action the courts believed he was deliberately drinking and driving. According to D.A. Bradley, “They decided to put him away before he killed someone.” The courts believe he has little regard for the laws of the state, our society or the safety of Texas citizens. They also noted he has had many opportunities to get help but has refused.
Stovall is not just an alcoholic; he’s also been accused and convicted of other crimes such as credit card fraud, burglary, and giving alcohol to an under-aged drinker. But critics of the sentence note his alcoholism make the sentence too severe. In fact, some suggest Stovall has a disease and none of his actions should be considered malicious or something he has chosen.
However, the courts argued the good of the public outweighs Stovall’s rights, and he has had enough chances. Others suggest this is not his first time, and by the ninth time even an alcoholic should have the sense to find a way to not drink and drive.
The courts have the responsibility to protect the public, and unfortunately, focusing only on the disease and not punishing the crime sends a dangerous message to the public. The court also argued Stovall is basically using his truck as a weapon. According to ABC News, “Williamson County has long had a reputation for handing down harsh sentences to those who commit violent felonies or who are repeat offenders.”
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