‘Affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch, now 20, is nearing prison release after DUI crash that killed 4

Ethan Couch, the ‘ affluenza teen,” is in the adult court on 13 April 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.

(Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Max Faulkner/Pool via Reuters)

The so-called ‘affluenza teen” is set to be released on April 2, after serving a 720-day sentence for violating the terms of his probation relating to a 2013 drunken driving wreck that killed four people.

Ethan Couch, who is now 20, will be freed from the Tarrant County Jail in Fort Worth, Texas, after almost two years in jail — 180 days for each of the four victims he killed as a 16-year-old — when his probation was revoked in 2016.

The terms and conditions requires the Bank to abstain from alcohol use, but in 2015, a video appeared online, showing him playing a game drink at a party, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. He then skipped a scheduled meeting with his probation officer and fled to Mexico with his mother, Tonya Couch.

Ethan Couch, left, and his mother, Tonya Couch, to the right, fled to Mexico after He violated his probation. The two were captured and arrested in Puerto Vallarta and returned to the US.


They were eventually included in the resort town of Puerto Vallarta after the police tracked their mobile phone as the couple tried to order a Domino’s pizza, the Dallas Morning News reported.

The mother and son were arrested and returned to the U.S., where the toe of the case was transferred to the adult system, the paper said. Tonya Couch was charged with obstructing apprehension of a felon and money laundering. She remains free on bond before her trial.

Ethan Couch got the attention of the public as the infamous “affluenza teen” as a defense of the psychologist on his 2013 murder trial the guilt of his actions in the drunk driving deaths on ‘affluenza’ or a lower sense of responsibility by family wealth.

Couch’s parents taught him a system that is 180 degrees of the rational,” the psychologist, Dr. Dick Miller, said at the sentencing. “If you’re angry at someone, you say sorry. In that family, if you hurt someone, send some money.”

Ethan Couch seated next to his lawyer, Scott Brown, as he appeared in his first adult court in Fort Worth, Texas on April 13, 2016.


Bank originally avoided jail and instead was sentenced to probation for killing four people and severely injured two others when the then 16-year-old rammed a pickup truck into a crowd of people helping a disabled motorist in Burleson, Texas.

The teenager’s blood-alcohol level was three times above the legal limit for adult drivers.

Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office spokesman David McClelland said that after the Bank is released, he will report to the community supervision and corrections department for supervision requirements.

The sheriff’s office did not say what type of supervision will be imposed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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