Judge Orders ‘Affluenza Teen’ to Serve Nearly Two Years in Jail

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Via Ethan Couch (Via Terrant County Sheriff’s Office)

A judge on Wednesday has imposed four consecutive 180-day jail terms on infamous “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch, NBC News reports. “You’re not getting out of jail today,” State District Judge Wayne Salvant told the Texas teen, sentencing him to 720 days. That equals one 180-day sentence for each of the four victims he killed in a June 2013 drunk-driving accident.

Couch was convicted of four counts of intoxication manslaughter in 2013. Previously Couch received 10 years of probation in juvenile court, after the car crash.

However, he was accused of violating the terms of his juvenile probation after a video surfaced online last December that appeared to show him at a party and alcohol was being served. He and his mother fled to Mexico, authorities say.

Couch has been locked up since his arrest in Mexico in late December, was considered a juvenile until Monday, when he turned 19 and his case was transferred to the adult court system, says The Dallas News.

It was reported at his Wednesday court appearance were Couch’s father, Fred Couch, and half-brother Steven McWilliams, and other relatives. His mother, Tonya Couch, is on house arrest in Fort Worth. She has been charged with hindering apprehension.

“Ethan Couch and his deadly crash are back in a courtroom and back in the news. Ethan Couch created more victims in the blink of an eye than any other person during my tenure as Sheriff. Four people died instantly in a violent collision resulting in a crime scene that can only be described as akin to a war zone. The senseless act also victimized countless family members and friends. Those survivors must now live every day with grief and sorrow,” Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson expressed on Facebook this week.

Couch was 16 at the time of the crash and had nearly three times the legal limit of blood-alcohol levels for an adult drivers, investigators say. A defense witness during his trial said his wealthy parents coddled him so much that it gave him no sense of responsibility. The  condition the expert referred to was “affluenza.” That isn’t recognized as a diagnosis by the American Psychiatric Association. Defense attorneys for a lesser jail sentence.

“Nothing I do is in stone, so I might reconsider,” Salvant said. The case reconvenes in two weeks.

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