Ethan Couch, Texas man who invoked "Affluenza" defense as a teen, released
- Author: Jon Douglas Apr 03, 2018,
Apr 03, 2018, 2:58
20-year-old Ethan Couch was released from a Texas jail on Monday morning and he didn't say a word as he walked out.
A juvenile court sentenced him to 10 years of probation.
Couch's case made worldwide headlines because his legal team argued that he was not at fault for drunk driving in June 2013 because his privileged background ruined him.
"[Couch] will now serve the remaining six years of his period of community supervision under the terms and conditions imposed by the court", his lawyers, Scott Brown and Reagan Wynn, said in a statement to ABC News.
His attorneys had argued that a wealthy, privileged upbringing has made it impossible for Couch to understand that his actions had consequences.
Two years later - in December 2015 to be specific - Couch entered the news again when images and video began circulating on social media that appeared to show Couch drinking alcohol, putting him in violation of the terms of his probation.
Couch was 16 and had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit for an adult when he struck and killed four people in June 2013 with his pickup truck.
At the time of the crash in Texas, Couch had a blood-alcohol level almost three times the legal limit for an adult. Now 20, he has served 720 days at the Tarrant County Detention Center in Fort Worth, Texas, for violating his probation in relation to the 2013 auto wreck. "From the beginning, Ethan has admitted his conduct, accepted responsibility for his actions, and felt true remorse for the bad consequences of those actions".
Couch, who will turn 21 years old next week, will be required to wear an ankle monitor that will also test for alcohol.
He and his mother Tonya fled to Mexico. As punishment for fleeing with her son to Mexico, Tonya Couch is facing Money Laundering and Hindering the Apprehension of a Felon charges. She was arrested and booked into the same jail as her son just days before his release.
Couch originally skirted jail amid public outrage in 2014, when a judge instead ordered him to attend Newport Academy - later dubbed "Afluenza Anonymous" in a feature for Bloomberg Businessweek - an upscale California rehabilitation facility to be paid for by his parents.