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Affluenza teen to spend 2 years in jail

posted Apr 14, 2016, 7:57 AM by PHS Warrior Beat

By: On’Janae’ Sledge        

    On Wednesday a Texas judge ordered Ethan Couch to spend 720 days in jail. This stems from a drunk driving accident in 2013 where four people were killed and 2 injured badly. The judge also said he would give the defense two weeks to make an argument about the order. “Nothing is set in stone, so I might reconsider," he said at a court hearing for the case in Tarrant County, Texas.

     In 2013, Ethan received 10 years of probation on charges of intoxication manslaughter instead of going to prison. His lawyer was able to state an Affluenza defense saying that he was “too rich and spoiled to understand the consequences of his actions or what he was even doing.” There was always a chance that his case could get moved up to adult court which is exactly what happened when he turned 19 last Monday. Ethan and his mother then attempted to run away to Mexico.

    As part of Ethan’s probation he must stay away from alcohol and drugs. But in December 2015 a video surfaced with Ethan at a party where alcohol was being consumed. When his probation officer tried to get in contact with him about the video, he could not be reached and Texas issued a warrant for Ethan Couch’s arrest, following the release of the video in mid-December. The authorities figured out that Ethan and his mother fled to Mexico in hope to avoid a probation hearing which could lead to jail time for Ethan. Texas alerted the Mexico police and they were able to detain the two after finding them in a Pacific resort town later that month.

    Ethan’s mother was also returned to the United States and was charged with hindering her son’s apprehension. She was released on a bond of $75,000.

Edited by:DJ