While ‘affluenza’ teen went free, similar case led to prison

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HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — One 16-year-old drove drunk, ran a red light and crashed into a pregnant woman’s car, killing her and her unborn child.

Another drunken teenager rammed a pickup truck into a crowd of people assisting a stranded driver, killing four.

Jaime Arellano went to prison. Ethan Couch went free.

The stories of the two Texas teens illustrate how prosecutors’ decisions in similar cases can lead to wildly different outcomes. The poor immigrant from Mexico has been behind bars for almost a decade. The white kid with rich parents got 10 years of probation.

Arellano becomes eligible for parole next year. Couch faces possible detention for violating his probation when he returns to court Feb. 19. Depending on the judge’s ruling, he could get three months in jail and adult probation.


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  • Matthew Bongers

    Why does it always come down to the rich WHITE kid! Stop throwing racist overtones into a story that just involves a family with money. Color of skin has nothing to do with it. There are a lot of black,mexican,and asian families with money as well that pull the same shit. Bottom line it’s money and corruption that get you off the hook not your skin..