Texas Teen Who Killed Four In Drunken Crash Gets Probation

FORT WORTH (December 11, 2013) State District Court Judge Jean Boyd has sentenced a 16-year-old boy to probation for a drunken-driving crash that killed four people and injured six others last summer near Fort Worth.

Boyd sentenced the teen Tuesday in Fort Worth.

Prosecutors were seeking the maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars for the Keller teen.

Authorities said the teen and friends were seen on surveillance video stealing two cases of beer from a store before the June 15 crash in southern Tarrant County.

On a rural road near Burleson, the teen's pickup truck slammed into four pedestrians, killing youth pastor Brian Jennings, 43, Breanna Mitchell, 24, Shelby Boyles, 21, and her mother, Hollie Boyles, 52.

Jennings, the youth pastor at Alsbury Baptist Church in Burleson, had attended a graduation party for one of his three children and was headed back to the church when he stopped after spotting the disabled SUV in which the three women had been riding and stopped to help.

The boy had a blood-alcohol level of 0.24 percent, or three times the legal limit for drivers 21 and older and was driving as fast as 70 miles per hour at the time of the crash, authorities said.

Defense attorneys said the teen needed treatment, not incarceration.