Teen sentenced to prison time by ‘affluenza’ judge, “I didn’t kill anyone”
TARRANT COUNTY, Texas (CNN) – The sentence of Ethan Couch, a 16-year-old who admitted to killing four people while driving drunk, has outraged people across the country.
A Texas judge sentenced the teen to 10 years of probation for the crime.
Sharing in the public’s anger is a Fort Worth man, who claims the same judge gave him a harsher sentence.
Connor McCreight is forced to wear an ankle monitor, which is a daily reminder of his past.
He said, “Still locked behind these walls all the time.”
McCreight is still being punished for a charge that dates back eight years, when he was just 14-years-old.
He said, “I’m still dealing with this ’til this day.”
According to KTVT, McCreight said he and his father were fighting back then.
One night, he says he grabbed a knife after his father charged him and stabbed him.
Fortunately, his father recovered from his injuries.
McCreight was facing a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and went in front of Judge Jean Boyd.
He said, “I was scared. I didn’t know what to do.”
Judge Boyd initially sentenced McCreight to six years probation and was sent to alternative school.
After testing positive for marijuana when he was 17-years-old, Judge Boyd sentenced him to six years behind bars.
He said, “I don’t understand what rehabilitation she thought I was going to get out of it.”
There is more than a year left on McCreight’s parole.
Even though he got his GED, he says his status makes finding a job next to impossible.
Now, the 22-year-old says he was stunned when he learned about Ethan Couch’s sentence.
Couch was sentenced to 10 years probation after admitting he drove drunk, three times the legal limit for adults, and caused the crash that killed four people.
McCreight said, “It’s just crazy. He got four more years of probation than me and he killed four more people than I did. I didn’t kill anyone.”
He says he didn’t receive anything close to the same leniency and believes his limited income played a role.
He said, “If I would have had money like this, I think that she wouldn’t have sent me to TYC. I think she would have sent me to rehab.”