December 12, 2013 12:20 pm

Rich White Teen Gets Off With Probation After Killing Four People While Driving Drunk

If you don’t believe that there are two justice systems in America, then look no further than Texas, where an affluent white teen received only white wealthy teenprobation for killing four pedestrians while driving drunk.

A juvenile judge sentenced a 16 year old Fort Worth, Texas teen to 10 years probation after he confessed to losing control of his vehicle while driving drunk. The June 15th accident resulted in the deaths of 43-year-old Burleson youth minister; Breanna Mitchell of Lillian, 24; Shelby Boyles, 21, and her 52-year-old mother, Hollie Boyles,

Although prosecutors sought a 20 year sentence for the teen’s manslaughter conviction, his attorneys told state District Judge Jean Boyd that the teen required rehabilitation instead of imprisonment.

The prosecutor in the case alleges that the teen is being shielded because he comes from a wealthy family and is likely to commit similar crimes in the future.

“Money always seems to keep you out of trouble,” said Eric Boyles, who lost his wife due to the teen’s reckless behavior. “Ultimately today, I felt that money did prevail. If you had been any other youth, I feel like the circumstances would have been different.”

Black and less affluent teens, however, aren’t nearly as lucky when they come before the courts. In a separate case in another state, Kuntrell Jackson, who is black, was 14 years old when he took part in a robbery that ended with the death of a store clerk. Even though Jackson was not the trigger man, he was tried as an adult sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Same goes for Evan Miller, who is not black, but also not affluent. He was 14 when he was convicted of murdering a man he was attempting to rob. He was also sentenced to life without parole.

Although a Supreme Court decision making it unconstitutional to sentence juveniles to life without the possibility of parole makes both Jackson and Miller entitled to new sentences, the contrast between how they were sentenced and how the Texas teen was sentenced is stark. It highlights how both a judge’s discretion and mandatory minimum sentences can be problematic.


h/t: News Channel 5




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  • This same judge sentenced an African-American boy as an adult for killing a person to 10 years in prison, recently. This criminal justice system is “Just – Us”, and it’s a crying shame we don’t seem to care until it hits home, but by then it’s too late. And who said slavery no longer exists?.!.!.? We are still considered “chattel”. We’re no longer in the field, but we’re incarcerated in greater numbers than when slavery was legal. My People Wake Up, Please….!

  • JosephWinfield says:

    caucasian court, caucasian laws, caucasian judge. no wonder he got off for killing. racism at its best

  • mscoleman says:

    This is so sad…all three of these boys were babies… but they all should be in rehabilitation and. Some jail time but not with grown men…when u have money ppl. Get away with everything and that is so not right. …

  • Solomami says:

    This ruling is sickening and only reinforces the idea that there are no consequences if you have enough money. HOWEVER, the Kuntrell Jackson case (as well as some others) is not a good comparison. At the time of his sentencing there was a mandatory life sentence in effect for a homicide committed during an armed robbery. The law didn’t allow the judge to take his age or the fact that he wasn’t the shooter into consideration. That has since changed (the Supreme Court decision you mentioned) and he is getting a new sentencing hearing. In that case the judge’s hands were tied and there was no room for leniency. That, however, doesn’t excuse her recent decision to believe such an absolutely ridiculous defense. She should step down from the bench.

  • Struckbylighting says:

    Do you know that Laura Bush got off as a teen for killing someone in a auto accident….in TEXAS? This has been going on for ALONG TIME…in TEXAS.  So all Black People be extra careful when you are….In TEXAS!!!  There is little justice for Black People…In TEXAS!!!!

  • AJH says:

    This article implies that the judge in Texas had something to do with Mr. Jackson’s incarceration – I’ve seen other articles now that are directly linking her to his sentencing. Is that true? If not, it’s a really bad blog post and should be clarified.

  • lexinelli says:

    This article needs to be taken down and re-written. While the judge undoubtedly needs to be removed from her position as this was a ridiculously light sentence, this post suggests she had something to do with Kuntrell Jackson’s case who was tried in AK and by a completely different judge. That judge as well had his hands tied because of the way the law was written and had no choice but to sentence to life w/o parole. It wasnt until fairly recently the law was changed and Mr. Jackson did in fact file an Misrepresenting facts and passing on bad information helps no one Even comparing these two crimes is foolish IMO. To read more on actual facts of Jackson’s case see this article:

  • Solomami says:

    I posted a reply to someone’s comment on here but I’m not seeing it. Judge Boyd was not the sentencing judge in either the Jackson or the Miller case. While this blog post doesn’t actually say she was, the way it’s written is misleading. It certainly does make it seem as if she was. As a result it’s being misquoted ALL OVER THE PLACE. It should be clarified or removed.

  • Solomami says:

    While I don’t agree with this sentence or the affluenza defense at all, people discussing it need to get their facts straight. Judge Boyd did sentence a 14 y/o boy to 10 years but he was not tried as an adult, he was tried as a juvenile. He was only incarcerated after she first tried to place him in a rehab facility. No facility would take him. There are articles about that case.

  • SolomamiNo, the three cases are not at all related.

  • AJHI attempted to correct the article to reflect the mistake. My apologies.

  • AJH says:

    Thank you Yvette … when I read your post originally I could see you didn’t mean to make it sound like Judge Boyd was involved in the other cases but I could see how people could take it that way. I do not agree with her affluenza ruling for Ethan Crouch butuwould just hate to see that discussion get sidelined by confusion over unrelated cases. I appreciate that you altered the wording.

  • EllisMatthews says:

    This is an Texas judicial disgrace!!! … The Texas judges never cease from scraping the judicial scum without shame or moral… Where the rich are only concerned about continuing their bloodlines ,.wealth & not justice, but the facilitators of justice for the poor…

  • ThomasMitchell2 says:

    This is a disgrace, our justice system is not working,,,, if a person kills someone in cold blood, they should die for that crime!!! Heinous crimes like rape and child molestation, should also come with the death penalty!!! Putting people in jail and giving them three meals a day, weight rooms, basketball, libraries, computers, free health care, free housing,,,,  look at our Country, and tell us our justice system is working!!!!

  • hiroader2 says:

    There’s no need rundown the whole failing integrity courts .., The bottom line is, What part of “DRUNK DRIVING ” 4 (four) people killed doesn’t this judge don’t understand? ….

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