Justice

The Affluenza Teen Finally Got Some of What He Deserves

April 13th 2016

By:
Alex Mierjeski

Ethan Couch, the much maligned "affluenza teen" who infamously avoided jail time by using his privileged upbringing as a defense, was sentenced in Texas to nearly two years behind bars for violating his parole.

Tarrant County Criminal Court Judge Wayne Salvant told the 19-year-old on Wednesday that he would spend 180 days in jail for each of the four people he killed in a drunk driving accident in 2013, or 720 days, the Dallas Morning News reported.

ethan-couch-beer-pong-videoCouch's case spurred outrage over a defense his lawyers used to bargain his sentence down to 10 years probation. The defense, which tapped a privileged upbringing and fraught parental relationship to explain that Couch had never been held accountable for his actions, became known as "affluenza."

The 19-year-old made headlines in December after he failed to check in with his probation officer. Couch and his mother later turned up in Mexico, and were eventually returned to the U.S.

Couch faces jail time over four counts of intoxication manslaughter related to the 2013 drunk driving incident.