Tim Williams, whose longtime friend Brian Jennings was among the four people killed by affluenza teen Ethan Couchs drunken driving in 2013, forgave Couch long before their first jail-house visit.
Now, after meeting with him almost weekly for two years, Williams believes Couch will leave jail April 2 a different person. Formerly an immature, entitled and reckless teen, the 20-year-old has slowly become someone who wants to take responsibility, follow instructions, do the next right thing.
Since his deadly joyride, Couch has too often made international news for all the wrong reasons. Whether he can turn his life around is an open question. But the bond that has developed between Williams and Couch offers authentic lessons in mercy, reconciliation and forgiveness.