Sunday 23 October 2016

Texas 'affluenza' teenager jailed for nearly two years

Published 13/04/2016 | 17:46

Ethan Couch has been jailed for nearly two years (AP)
Ethan Couch has been jailed for nearly two years (AP)

The Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defence in a fatal drunken-driving crash has been ordered to spend nearly two years in jail.

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State District Judge Wayne Salvant said that Ethan Couch must spend 180 days in jail for each of the four people he killed in 2013 when he rammed a pick-up truck into a crowd of people helping a motorist.

The sentences will be served consecutively.

Couch was 16 and his blood-alcohol level was three times above the legal limit for adult drivers when the crash occurred.

Couch and his mother were caught in Mexico after fleeing a possible probation violation. He has been has been in custody in Texas since January.

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