‘Affluenza’ teen told he has to sit in prison for another year

Ethan Couch, the so-called “affluenza” teen who mowed down four people while he was drunk, has to serve out the remaining year of his prison term. 

The Texas Supreme Court struck down a request by the 19-year-old’s attorneys to possibly get him out of prison ahead of schedule.

His lawyers previously claimed the judge who slapped Couch with a two-year sentence moved the case from juvenile to adult court without the power to do so.

But the state’s highest court struck that argument down on Thursday — meaning Couch will likely serve out the remaining year he has behind bars, the Dallas Morning News reported.

The wild legal ride of ‘affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch

Couch was first sentenced to 10 years probation after plowing his pickup truck into a group of people while he was drunk. Four people were killed and two more injured in the 2013 incident.

He originally dodged jail time after a psychologist testified the then-16-year-old had “affluenza” — a result of his troubled relationship with his rich parents.

But Couch found himself before a judge once again when videos surfaced in December 2015 of the teen partying and drinking, a violation of his probation.

Couch killed four people and injured two more when he crashed his pickup.

Couch killed four people and injured two more when he crashed his pickup.

(Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office)

After missing a probation meeting, he and his mother fled to Mexico, where he was arrested.

‘Affluenza’ teen asks Texas Supreme Court to let him out of jail

After Couch was brought back stateside, he was tried as an adult.

A judge gave the teenager two years in prison — 180 days for each of the four killed.

Last month, Couch’s lawyers filed the motion for Texas’ highest court to intervene, arguing that the judge didn’t have the power to move the case out of juvenile court.

In December, his father, Fred Couch, was sentenced to a year of probation for impersonating a Texas police officer in 2014.

ethan couch

Send a Letter to the Editor

Join the Conversation:

Top News

Show Buttons
Hide Buttons
error: Content is protected !!