Published: Tue, April 03, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

'Affluenza Teen' Ethan Couch Released From Jail After 2-Year Sentence

'Affluenza Teen' Ethan Couch Released From Jail After 2-Year Sentence

Couch was sentenced to 10 years of probation, sparking outrage from critics who ridiculed the affluenza defense and said his family's wealth had helped keep him out of jail.

Couch's case made global 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 lost control of his family's pickup truck in 2013 after he and his friends had played beer pong and drank beer stolen from a Wal-Mart. An expert defense witness testified Couch suffered from "affluenza" - being so spoiled by his wealthy parents that he didn't know right from wrong.

Couch was sentenced to jail time only after he and his mother, Tonya Couch, fled to Mexico, violating Couch's probation.

Couch was 16 years old when he killed four people in 2013 while driving drunk.

At the time of the crash in Texas, Couch had a blood-alcohol level almost three times the legal limit for an adult.

Couch will remain under strict probation supervision, the county sheriff's office has said, even with his 21st birthday being only nine days away. According to conditions released by the state, he'll have to stay home between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. every day, wear an alcohol monitor, and submit to on-demand drug or alcohol testing whenever required by the state.

They were found in the resort town of Puerto Vallarta, and flown back to the USA were the teenager was ordered to jail for 720 days.

"From the beginning, Ethan has admitted his conduct, accepted responsibility for his actions, and felt true remorse for the awful consequences of those actions", his legal team said in a statement. The video was posted on social media and he and his mother fled to Mexico.

Now a free man, Couch will still have to serve ten years' probation.

The 720 days Ethan Couch served for his crimes shows that drunk driving homicides still aren't treated as the violent crimes that they are. The pair was caught near Puerto Vallarta days after Christmas 2015 and Couch was eventually extradited back to North Texas on January 28.

Tonya Couch will go to trial in May over charges of obstructing the apprehension of a felon as well as money laundering, according to The Fort Worth Star Telegram.

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