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Affluenza teen could be transferred to adult system

February 19, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Affluenza teen could be transferred to adult system

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Ethan Couch, the Texas teen who used an “affluenza” defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck that killed four people, is scheduled to appear at a hearing in Fort Worth on Friday over whether his case will be transferred to the adult court system.

The judge will decide whether to keep him in the juvenile system, or move him to the adult system when he turns 19 on April 11th, which many expect it will happen.

In adult court, Couch would be assigned a new judge who would set new terms of his probation and could see him spend up to 120 days in prison.

However, if Couch violates the terms of his probation, he could be sentenced up to 10 years in jail.

The attorney for Couch has maintained he won’t challenge his client’s transfer to adult court.

Authorities apprehended Couch and his mother in Mexico back in December after prosecutors started investigating whether he violated his probation in the 2013 wreck that killed four people.

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