Affluenza teen released after serving two years in jail


After almost two years behind bars the North Texas teen whose lawyers used an "affulenza" defense during his Intoxication Manslaughter trial in 2013 is set to be released from prison today.

Couch earned his nickname when a psychologist testified on his behalf, saying he suffered from "affluenza", which made him incapable of fully accepting responsibility.

Couch was 16 in June 2013 when he struck and killed four pedestrians.

Couch, now 20, was released from jail Monday after serving two years sentenced to two years in a Tarrant County jail for violating probation conditions that were set after he pleaded guilty to four counts of intoxication manslaughter in the 2013 case.

The group Mothers Against Drunk Driving issued a statement calling Couch's short stint in jail "a grave injustice to the victims and their families who have been dealt life sentences because of one person's devastating decision to drink and drive".

He had a blood alcohol level of 0.24, three times the legal limit in Texas, hours after the crash. He has moved from the Tarrant County Jail and was being processed at a probation office, jail officials said.

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

In 2016, a judge changed Couch's probation sentence to 720 days in jail, 180 days for each of his victims. From the beginning, Ethan has admitted his conduct, accepted responsibility for his actions and felt true remorse for the awful consequences for those actions.

After Couch missed a mandatory meeting with his probation officer in 2015, he and his mother fled to Mexico.

Couch will have a 9pm curfew when he is released and will have to wear a Global Positioning System and alcohol monitor. Last week, her bond in the case was revoked after she failed a required urine test, but court documents don't specify the substance the urinalysis revealed.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving said in a statement it's a "small consolation" that Couch will remain on probation. As punishment for fleeing with her son to Mexico, Tonya Couch is facing Money Laundering and Hindering the Apprehension of a Felon charges. The twist is, that she was sent to the same jail as her son.