The Ethan Couch story has grabbed headlines around the world.
On the night of June 15, Couch, 16, got drunk and was speeding down a rural road in south Tarrant County when he crashed his pickup and killed four people.
Couch, admitted responsibility and was found guilty, but here’s the part that went “viral.”
On Dec. 10, state District Judge Jean Boyd sentenced Couch to 10 years’ probation and intensive therapy, which was sharply criticized on social media and national talk shows. Critics said Couch got off easy because his parents had money and could pay for his expensive therapy at a rehab facility in California.
But the uproar prompted the Star-Telegram to look for similar cases heard by Boyd over the years.
A 2004 case, also presided by Boyd, resulted in a penalty that was very different -- 20 years in prison.
But although the two cases share similarities, legal experts say it’s difficult to draw comparisons
-- Bill Miller