'Affluenza Teen,' Now 20, Leaves Jail

Ethan Couch served 2 years for violating probation
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2018 11:05 AM CDT
In this Feb. 19, 2016, file photo, Ethan Couch is led by sheriff's deputies after a juvenile court hearing in Fort Worth, Texas.   (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

(Newser) – "Affluenza teen" Ethan Couch, now 20 years old, was released Monday after two years behind bars, USA Today reports. Couch gained infamy after driving drunk and killing four people in 2013, when a psychologist testifying for the defense at his trial placed blame on his "affluenza," the idea that the Texas teen's affluent upbringing caused him to be unable to discern right from wrong or take full responsibility for his actions. He was ultimately sentenced to rehab and 10 years of probation, but he was then sentenced to 720 days behind bars after violating that probation. His mother was jailed Wednesday for violating the conditions of her own bond; she'd been released on bond while awaiting trial for allegedly helping her son run off to Mexico in 2015 when he was in danger of violating his probation.

Ethan Couch met with probation officers immediately after his release. "[Couch] will now serve the remaining six years of his period of community supervision under the terms and conditions imposed by the court," his lawyers said in a statement to ABC News. "From the beginning, Ethan has admitted his conduct, accepted responsibility for his actions, and felt true remorse for the terrible consequences of those actions. Now, nearly five years after this horrific event, Ethan does not wish to draw attention to himself and requests privacy so he may focus on successfully completing his community supervision and going forward as a law-abiding citizen."

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