Monday, January 4, 2016

Texas Man Not Afflicted with Affluenza

Receives Life Sentence for Killing Four People in Drunk Driving Accident

A 23-year-old Texas man who killed four people in a drunk driving accident was sentenced to life in prison Friday, proving that penalties are harsh for those not afflicted with “affluenza.”
Rashad Owens had a blood alcohol content level of .114 when he plowed into a crowd of people during the 2014 South by Southwest festival in Austin.
On the other hand, Ethan Couch had a blood content level of .24 when he killed four people in 2013, resulting in the 16-year-old teen to receive a ten years of probation.
The difference is that Couch suffered from affluenza as pointed out by a psychologist hired by his family to testify on his behalf.
That basically meant that because Couch came from an extremely wealthy family, he was not expected to know right from wrong.
The way the local media reports it, Owens got off easy because he could have received the death penalty.
Not suffering from affluenza, Owens knew that very night that he had screwed up, telling the arresting officer he was regretful and never meant to kill anybody.
One of the arguments his attorney tried to make that as a black man driving a stolen car being chased by police, he was in fear for his life.