‘Affluenza’ teen faces grown-up court

Ethan Couch to spend two years behind bars1:00

Texas ‘affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch sentenced to 720 days jail for killing four people in a fatal car crash in 2013. Courtesy FOX News

Ethan Couch won’t be getting out of jail any time soon. Picture: AP


LAWYERS who used an “affluenza” defence for a Texas teenager in a fatal 2013 drunken-driving wreck have failed to secure his release from jail.

The Texas Supreme Court denied the request Thursday for 20-year-old Ethan Couch, who was 16 when his crash killed four people near Fort Worth.

Couch received 10 years’ probation after pleading guilty to intoxication manslaughter and other juvenile charges.

A defence expert used the term “affluenza” during trial, suggesting Couch was coddled into a sense of irresponsibility by his wealthy parents.

After an online video appeared to show Couch at a party where people were drinking, Couch and his mother briefly fled to Mexico in December 2015.

A judge then moved the case to adult court, ruled Couch violated his probation and imposed the jail sentence that Couch’s attorneys challenged.

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