'Affluenza Teen' to Spend Nearly 2 Years in Jail

Ethan Couch was handed 4 180-day terms
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2016 12:15 PM CDT
In this Feb. 19, 2016 file photo, Ethan Couch is led by sheriff deputies after a juvenile court for a hearing in Fort Worth, Texas.   (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

(Newser) – Ethan Couch got "no party, no cake, no ice cream" when he turned 19 on Monday, and on Wednesday, he got something quite a bit worse. The so-called "Affluenza Teen" was sentenced to four consecutive 180-day terms in Tarrant County jail by state District Judge Wayne Salvant during Couch's first appearance in adult court. The AP explains that the Fort Worth judge was able to hand out more jail time as part of the conditions of Couch's adult probation. The four terms relate to four counts of intoxication manslaughter, reports the AP; Couch killed four people and severely injured several others in a DUI crash in 2013.

ABC News reports that Salvant did say the total term—10 days short of two years—could change. The Dallas Morning News backs that up with this quote from Salvant: "Nothing I do is in stone, so I might reconsider." He said both sides could make their arguments in coming weeks. But Salvant was clear about one point: "You're not getting out of jail today," he told Couch, per NBC News, which notes the case will resume in two weeks. The AP notes it isn't clear if Couch's 720 days will include time already served. (Read more Ethan Couch stories.)

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