Protest Lenient Sentencing of Wealthy Murderer

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Target: Prosecuting Attorney Richard Alpert

Goal: Demand appeal of lenient sentence given to murderous teen

Recently, a 16-year-old accused of murder used his family’s wealth to avoid incarceration. The teenager was accused of intoxication manslaughter after killing four pedestrians with a truck. After unfairly swaying the jury and judge, the boy’s attorney landed the teenager only 10 years of probation. This murderous teenager will once again be allowed to exist with the rest of society, when lesser crimes committed by non-wealthy persons are severely punished.

On the night of the tragedy, the teenager was driving a pickup truck while heavily intoxicated, with seven other teens in the cab. His blood-alcohol level was reportedly three times the legal limit. Due to loss of control on the teenager’s part, the truck veered off the road and hit four pedestrians, killing all of them while everyone in the cab survived. As was suggested by the boy’s attorneys, the judge ruled that the boy would benefit from intensive therapy, which would not be provided in the juvenile justice system. The victims’ families believe that the wealth of the teen’s family saved him from deserved incarceration. Rehabilitating the teenager will cost $450,000 annually; a cost that his family agreed to cover.

According to a psychologist brought in to testify for the teen, the teen suffered from “affluenza.” The teenager’s parents are divorced, his father is not emotionally available and his mother finds solace in money. The judge saw these accusations, as well as the supposed mental state of the teen, reason enough for the teenager to bypass incarceration, much to the prosecutors’ dismay. Prosecuting attorney Richard Alpert believes that the teen will one day commit this crime again because of the lenient punishment he received. This teenager is a murderer: He killed four adults and should be treated like a murderous human being. Urge Attorney Alpert to appeal this case to gain a harsher sentencing.


Dear Attorney Alpert,

Recently a teenager accused of four counts of intoxication manslaughter stood in a Fort Worth court room awaiting sentence. The teenager and seven accomplices stole beer from a store and consumed the alcohol. Then, the teenager got behind the wheel of a Ford F-350, lost control of the vehicle and killed four pedestrians. The teenager blew three times over the legal blood-alcohol limit.

This account is extremely hard to imagine. Anger and grief are emotions felt by many people, especially the families of the victims. The emotion that prevails at this moment, however, is anger. The defense attorneys insist that this boy is in need of intensive therapy, which he would not be allowed to receive in the juvenile justice system. According to the defendant’s attorney, he suffers from “affluenza”—the boy’s family is wealthy and emotionally unstable, which literally means that he can get away with murder. This sentence is outrageous and much too lenient.

It is my hope that this teenager does not repeat his actions in the future. However, it is more likely that he will because of the leniency of this ruling. His theoretical future attorney will blame wrong-doings on the by-passed facts of this case, along with the lenient sentence. I am deeply troubled by this sentencing and ask that you repeal this case and demand that the boy serve adequate jail time. This boy is a murderer and he deserves to be treated as one.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Paige via Flickr

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One Comment

  1. I am not arguing about the fact of what exactly got him convicted so “lightly.” But in my eyes, he is just a teenager.Yes, we are people, and yes, we are supposed to take responsibility for our actions, etc. But I would never sign up to convict any teenager for any deeds for life or death row! It is inhumane, and questionably helpful or correctional to either the society or the individual! Shortly, it does not make much sense if we want to make a world a better place. I’m disappointed forcechange would back up petition like this.

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