Ethan Couch, the infamous “affluenza” kid convicted on four counts of intoxication manslaughter for driving drunk, killing four and injuring nine was prosecuted as a juvenile when he was just 16 and sentenced to 10 years probation. As you can see, he has since dyed his hair to evade capture after he and his mother fled the country and we’ve now learned a going away party was held before they departed.
The teenager’s lawyers claimed he suffered from “affluenza,” arguing that his parents had allowed him too much money and didn’t discipline him.
A warrant has been issued for the mother, Tonya Couch’s (48) arrest. She will be charged with hindering apprehension, a third-degree felony punishable by a maximum 10 year sentence.
“Her entire focus has been on protecting Ethan, her entire focus has been on making sure he didn’t see any justice done, making sure he was not accountable,” Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson told reporters.
They have since been captured and both are currently in custody in a Mexican jail near the resort town of Puerto Vallarta.
Texas “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch and his mother Tonya Couch staged a “going away” party before they fled to Mexico, authorities in North Texas said Tuesday.
Ethan Couch, on probation for killing four people in a drunken driving crash in 2013, and his mother were detained in the Pacific Coast resort city of Puerto Vallarta on Monday. Both are in the custody of Mexican authorities but are expected to return to the U.S. Tuesday.
The 18-year-old and his mother appeared to have planned their disappearance and even had a “going away” party prior to driving their truck to Mexico, Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson told reporters during a Tuesday morning press conference in Fort Worth.
This families lack of regard for others is unbelievable but the most unfortunate thing aside from the loss of lives is that he may walk free in four to six months as Texas authorities are bound by his previous juvenile sentence.
Though the 10-year probation can be revoked, that could mean a judge will order his confinement until his birthday next April; after which, he’ll be released having served out his sentence.
Four months confinement is a lot better than 10 years probation. I’ve heard many say they’d rather do the time than suffer the burden of probation so this reckless individual and his mother could have very-well intended to violate knowing these particulars.
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