'Affluenza' Texan, who killed four driving drunk, released from jail

From Reuters - April 2, 2018

FORT WORTH, Texas (Reuters) - A Texan who killed four people while driving drunk as a teen, then avoided prison by blaming his wealthy upbringing, was released from jail on Monday after serving nearly two years for violating probation in the case, officials said.

Ethan Couch garnered international attention in 2013 as the affluenza teen when his lawyers argued his privileged childhood impaired his ability to tell right from wrong.

Now 20, he walked free from a jail in Fort Worth, where he served time after fleeing to Mexico and then being found in violation of the probation he received for the fatal crash.

Couch was silent as he left the corrections facility with an attorney by his side. A black Tesla sedan whisked him away.

Ethan continues to be remorseful as he has since the first day of this tragic event, attorney Scott Brown told reporters.

Couch will remain under supervision that includes a GPS ankle monitor and frequent drug and alcohol testing, officials said.

It was not clear where he would live.

His mother, Tonya Couch, 50, had been free on bond after being charged with helping her son flee to Mexico. But she was sent back to jail last week for violating her probation by failing a drug test, according to local law enforcement.

Couchs father, who runs a sheet metal business, did not respond to requests for comment.


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