Affluenza: 10 Rich People Who Got Away With Horrible Crimes
Management executive Colin Read set a new low for sentencing in spousal abuse cases. He was convicted of torture after he branded his wife twice with an iron, and slashed her with knives — this was after she forgot to make him a sandwich. The sentence he received was a joke — he was ordered to pay a fine of a few thousand dollars, and although the judge was thinking of sentencing him to community service, he declined to do so because he didn’t think that the busy executive could find the time in his schedule for volunteer work.
This case sets a horrific precedent for spousal abusers, as it sends a message that if they’re important enough, they can do whatever they want and simply pay a small fine to make the charges go away.
Orachorn Thephasadin Na Ayudhya
Orachorn Thephasadin na Ayudhya was 17 when she was charged with impaired driving, driving without a license, and reckless driving causing death. Although these charges seem serious, they don’t begin to cover the gravity of what she did. While driving drunk and texting on her phone, Orachorn plowed into the side of a van, pushing it into a barrier and killing the nine passengers inside.
She was given an initial sentence of three years, which was then reduced to two years, then further reduced to three years probation. People believe that this is because her family is one of Thailand’s social elite. Orachorn never apologized to the victim’s families.
Robert H. Richards IV
As the heir to DuPont Chemicals, as well as the family fortune that goes alongside it, Robert H. Richards IV was used to a certain quality of life. At least, that was what a judge said when he commuted his eight-year prison sentence to eight years probation.
Richards was charged with raping his three-year-old daughter, but the judge chose to give him a suspended sentence so he wouldn’t have to face prison. The only lasting consequence of Richards’ actions is that he was forced to register as a sex offender, which will hopefully prevent anything like this from happening again. Hopefully.