FORT WORTH, Texas: The American Psychiatric Association says it does not recognize the diagnosis of ‘affluenza,’ that a psychologist said a wealthy North Texas teenager suffered from when he killed four pedestrians while driving drunk.
The association says Thursday there is no such diagnosis in its most recent manual published in May, Associated Press reported.
A defense attorney argued that the 16-year-old boy should not get the maximum 20-year prison sentence that prosecutors had sought due to this diagnosis.
A Fort Worth juvenile court sentenced Couch to 10 years’ probation but no jail time, he’s a defendant in need of treatment.
The sentenced him after he confessed to intoxication manslaughter in the June 15 accident.
The decision disappointed prosecutors and stunned victims’ family members, who say they feel that Couch got off too easy. Prosecutors had asked for the maximum of 20 years behind bars.
Defense witness psychologist Gary Miller says the boy grew up in a house where the parents were preoccupied with arguments that led to a divorce and that he suffered from “affluenza.”