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Jailed ‘affluenza teen’ Ethan Couch is nearing release

March 22, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Jailed ‘affluenza teen’ Ethan Couch is nearing release

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Ethan Couch, who as a teen used an “affluenza” defense regarding a drunken-driving incident that led to the deaths of four people in Fort Worth, Texas is scheduled to be released April 2nd.

The now 20-yer-old Ethan Couch served close to two years behind bars for a revoked probation and is to be released from the Tarrant County Corrections Center in Fort Worth. He’s been serving a 720-day sentence after his probation was revoked in 2016 after he attended a party where alcohol was served.

Couch was 16-years-old when the vehicle he was driving killed pedestrians in 2013.

A psychologist at his manslaughter trial attributed his actions on “affluenza,” or irresponsibility because of his family wealth.

Prison officials at the Tarrant County Corrections Center said Couch has behaved during his 2-1/2 years of incarceration.

“He’s been pretty much a model inmate, for somebody here for two years, the number of incidents he has, or hasn’t, been involved with is actually pretty impressive,” Chief Deputy Henry Reyes told WFAA.

His mother, Tonya Couch, is currently out on bond awaiting trial on charges of hindering apprehension of a felon and laundering cash after she fled with her son to Mexico with her son in 2015.

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