December 11th, 2013
09:31 PM ET

Texas teen killed four in DUI spared from jail

A 16-year old drunk driver from a wealthy family is avoiding jail after killing four people.

He was going 70 miles per hour on a rural road with a blood alcohol level that was three times the legal limit.

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He was facing up to 20 years in prison. But the Texas judge gave him just 10 years probation, because his lawyers argued he was suffering from "affluenza" and was never taught right from wrong.

David Mattingly has the story.

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  1. Melisa Bailey

    This is EXACTLY what is wrong with our youth. If you make a mistake , no big deal. But when you take four lives you should be held accountable no matter what the age! He is sixteen years old, he got drunk and killed people, he needs to be put away, he is a killer! My father was killed by a drunk driver and the person wasn't even taken to court. This justice system we have is a joke!!!

    December 13, 2013 at 8:33 am | Reply
  2. RON rOPPO

    he's A KID sometimes you have to make the best decision for the kid. Otherwise sentence them all to 20 years when they get out they will do worse.this way maybe there will be hope

    December 12, 2013 at 1:39 am | Reply
    • Melisa Bailey

      a KID? 16 he was a teen and knows its not right to drive drunk not only that he also knew it was wrong that these people died imagine if that was your family of four in that car?? maybe you would feel differently

      December 13, 2013 at 8:18 am | Reply
    • Donna

      !6 is old enough to know better. He KILLED 4 people. Will a poor kid get this for a sentence...NO. This is a complete disgrace. He should serve time in juvie until 21 at the very least.
      now, he knows he can gt away with anything including manslaughter. SMH.

      December 13, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Reply
  3. christine matthews

    he will learn right from wrong if he is sent to jail for what he did.

    December 12, 2013 at 1:18 am | Reply

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