Rich kid who killed four in drink driving row freed today

Ethan Couch, known for his "affluenza" defense in his deadly drunk driving case, was released from a Texas jail Monday after serving almost two years behind bars for violating his probation.

Prosecutors wanted to couch to serve 20 years in jail, but he was sentenced only to probation.

Couch's case attracted worldwide attention in 2013 after a psychologist testifying on his behalf said the teen suffered from something called affluenza. His attorneys said Couch will serve the remaining six years of his sentence under community supervision, which Couch's case includes a number of sanctions and provisions.

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.

Although Couch killed four people and left a fifth victim paralyzed, his trial judge, Jean Boyd, didn't sentence him to any jail time, instead giving him 10 years of probation.

Couch was found to have a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit for adult drivers after the crash in June 2013.

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During his trial, a psychologist for his defence argued that the teenager suffered from "affluenza" - being so spoiled by his wealthy parents that he was unable to distinguish right from wrong.

If he eventually obtains a conditional license through the DMV, Couch can only operate a auto with an ignition interlock device that also has a camera. They were arrested in the resort of Puerto Vallarta after a manhunt. From the beginning, Ethan has admitted his conduct, accepted responsibility for his actions and felt true remorse for the awful consequences for those actions.

Meanwhile, Couch's partner in crime during his attempted escape to Mexico, his mother Tonya, is facing legal troubles of her own.

Terms of his release include drug and alcohol monitoring and testing and a 9 p.m. curfew, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

After she was discovered in Mexico with her son, Couch's mother was charged with hindering apprehension of a known felon and money laundering. Last week, though, she violated her probation when she failed her court-ordered drug test.

  • Sonia Alvarado