Published: Tue, April 03, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

Couch is Out: Affluenza teen released after serving two years in jail

Couch is Out: Affluenza teen released after serving two years in jail

Ethan Couch, known for his "affluenza" legal defense strategy as a teenager, is expected to be released from jail Monday.

Ethan Couch - who infamously used his wealthy upbringing as a defense for his crime, saying it impaired his ability to tell right from wrong - served almost two years at Tarrant County Jail for fleeing to Mexico after the fatal 2013 crash.

Ethan Couch, the convicted drink driver once branded a victim of "affluenza" due to the apparent influence of huge wealth on his decision-making, has been released from a Texan jail after two years behind bars.

The case made headlines worldwide, after lawyers and psychologists for Couch argued that his wealthy upbringing impaired his ability to tell right from wrong.

"Ethan continues to be remorseful as he has been from the first day of this tragic event", his attorney, Scott Brown, said just before Couch left the probation office.

A psychologist testifying for the teen said Couch was suffering from what he called "affluenza".

If Couch were to violate probation, now that he has been in the adult system, he could face up to 10 years in prison each of the four people he killed.

Couch was 16 when he hit and killed four pedestrians.

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He has spent his first few minutes out of jail in a probation office and has yet to step into the sunshine for the first time in almost two years. A juvenile court sentenced him to 10 years of probation.

He's required to wear an ankle monitor and submit to random alcohol and drug testing.

Couch was brought back to Tarrant County and his probation was revoked.

They were arrested later that month in Mexico and in April 2016 state district Judge Wayne Salvant sentenced Couch to 720 days in jail as a new condition of his probation.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving has spoken out against couch getting probation from the beginning.

Since Ethan's out again, that means his mother could serve more jail time in the case than Ethan has.

Tonya Couch, 50, is on bond and is awaiting a trial for helping her son flee to Mexico.

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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