The infamous “Affluenza Teen” Ethan Couch, who initially got off with probation after killing four people in a drunk driving accident in 2013, has been smacked with four 180-day terms consecutively in prison.
After the crash that killed four of his friends, Couch’s attorneys argued that he had a condition called affluenza, a psychological malaise that affects wealthy young people resulting in a lack of motivation, feelings of guilt, and sense of isolation, and that rehabilitation was needed instead of prison. Judge Jean Hudson Boyd agreed, sentencing Couch to ten years of probation and therapy.
“Ethan Couch was extradited back to the U.S. on Jan. 28. He has spent most of his days since in solitary confinement at Tarrant County maximum-security prison,”CBS News said.
The 19-year-old appeared in adult court and was sentenced by Judge Wayne Salvant to ” four 180-day terms consecutively, one term for each of the four people who died.”
“Nothing I do is set in stone,” Salvant said, meaning that he might reconsider the order.
Salvant also set several conditions for Couch’s probation when he is released from jail.
“Couch will not be allowed to drink, use drugs or drive, and he will be required to meet regularly with a community supervision officer.”
Salvant gave Couch’s attorneys two weeks to prepare their arguments related to the sentence.
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