Drunk Driving Ft. Worth TX Teen Massacres 4, Paralyzes Other, Sentenced to Luxury Camp for 10 Yrs

Posted: December 16, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Update: Ethan Couch’s family and family business being sued for $20 million. CNN’s AC 360 shows the hypocrisy of the judge’s decision compared to a case she presided over where she gave a 14 year old African American boy 10 years juvenile detention sentence for punching a man who fell and hit his head, dying of the head injury due to the fall:

http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bestoftv/2013/12/16/new-day-midday-orig-21.cnn.html

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This is one of those cases where it’s tough to point the finger at just one culprit: the spoiled teen who massacred the victims, the parents who spoiled him, or the soon-to-be-retired judge (doesn’t pass the smell test) who sentenced him to a luxurious summer camp for 10 years at $450,000 a year!

Ethan Couch: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

By Eric Levitz

Sixteen-year-old Ethan Couch killed four people with his truck last summer in Tarrant County, Texas. Today, a judge announced Couch won’t be serving any jail time.

Here’s what you need to know:

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1. He Was Very Drunk When He Crashed Into 4 Pedestrians A plaintiff’s petition filed by the parents of a teenage boy paralyzed in Couch’s accident gives a detailed account of the night of the crash.

According to the petition, on June 15, 2013, Ethan Couch stole beer from a local Walmart and retired to his parents’ home, where he drank enough to post a blood alcohol level of .24, roughly three times the legal driving limit.

Couch then left to go “joy-riding” with six friends, in a “huge red 2012 Ford F-350 pick-up truck” owned by his father’s company.

Meanwhile, Breanna Mitchell’s SUV had broken down, and her friends Hollie and Shelby Boyles drove out to help. Brian Jennings, a local youth pastor and good Samaritan, pulled over to assist the women.

All four were killed when Couch drove his pick-up truck through them at 70 mph. Two of Couch’s friends were riding in the bed of the pick-up and were tossed from the vehicle. One of whom was Sergio E. Molina, whose parents, Maria Lemus and Sergio Molina, are the plaintiffs in the aforementioned lawsuit. Sergio has been in a vegetative state since the night of the accident.

Lemus and Molina are suing Ethan’s parents Fred and Tonya Couch, as well as Fred’s company Cleburne Metal Works. They are seeking $20 million in damages.

Read the rest at http://www.heavy.com/news/2013/12/ethan-couch-affluenza-drunk-driving/

Now check out this case which is similar to the spoiled teen massacre story above:

Suspected DWI driver Nicole Baukus sentenced to 38 years

HOUSTON (FOX 26) –  The woman charged with intoxication manslaughter after driving the wrong way and killing two teenagers has been sentenced to 38 years in prison. The case went to the jury just before 4 p.m.  Nicole Baukus was the last person to take the stand.  She sobbed as she told jurors she had no memory of driving that night.

“She wants you to believe she doesn’t remember a thing, but she had enough snap to tell the police officers she wasn’t driving.  She had enough snap to tell a buddy she was pulled over throwing up,” Prosecutor Warren Diepraam told jurors in closing arguments.

A friend of Baukus’ testified he had a couple of telephone conversations with Baukus and in the last one she told him she was “on the side of the road throwing up on herself”.

That was just minutes before the fatal crash.

Surveillance video in a Montgomery County bar shows Baukus consuming 21 alcoholic drinks then stumbling to her pick up truck and driving away.  Cameras on the freeway also caught Baukus driving the wrong way on I-45 that early morning June 29, 2012. Around  3 a.m. Baukus slammed into another car killing the driver 19-year old Nicole Adams and the backseat passenger 18-year old Travis Saunders.  Front seat passenger David Porras survived.  Baukus’ blood alcohol level was .30.  That’s nearly four times the legal limit of.08.

Baukus told the jury a few months ago she wrote a suicide note and considered killing herself after this fatal crash.

She cried on the stand saying “I don’t deserve to be here.  I should have died in that crash. They were innocent. I wasn’t”.

“The best thing for this community is to get her out of it.  Keep her out of it as long as possible.  When you do what she did you won’t get to go home,” Prosecutor Andrew James told the jury.

Baukus’ dad also testified saying he too has a history of getting caught drunk driving.

After the crash Baukus was found to have marijuana and valium in her system and a glass drug pipe in her pick up truck.

Prosecutors showed the jury photos of Baukus posing with alcohol and drugs.

“Alcohol,drugs, marijuana, partying.  That’s what sort of  a person she is. She’s an overindulgent party girl,” prosecutors called her.

They also called her a sometimes “drug dealer.”

Baukus testified she often bought marijuana from her brother.  There was also a text message on Baukus’ cell phone from her friend asking for Valium.

Read more: http://www.myfoxhouston.com/story/23034676/2013/08/02/jury-deliberations-on-suspected-dwi-driver-nicole-baukus#ixzz2nbowdD1G

Fortunately for the city of Ft. Worth and the state of Texas, TX Attorney General Greg Abbott said the luxury probation sentence is “outrageous”:

Any time anyone is harmed in an accident of course there is tremendous sympathy for the victims and their family members and sorrow for they tragedy happened, Abbott said. But then, to see the result in something like this is just outrageous…We are looking into the situation to see what we can do, Abbott said. We’ve never been involved in a situation like this where we did have the opportunity to weigh in. We want to visit with various different parties to see if there is an angle for the Attorney General’s Office to play a role.

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2013/12/13/attorney-general-greg-abbott-incensed-by-teen-probation-sentence/

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