Ethan Couch-who became infamous after a fatal 2013 drunken driving crash for which his lawyers argued the Texas teen be spared jail time because he suffered from “affluenza“, an affliction of wealth with little understanding of consequences-has been captured in Mexico.
A condition described by psychologist G. Dick Miller, who testified on Ethan’s behalf, as a combination of influenza and affluence that rendered him not responsible for his crimes because he was too rich to understand right from wrong.
NBC notes that “affluenza is not recognized by the American Psychiatric Association as an official diagnosis”. Couch was found on Monday with his mother, Tonya Couch, in a beachside neighborhood in the Mexican resort city of Puerto Vallarta.
Initially, Couch and his mother stayed at a resort, Los Tules, downtown by the beach and then moved to the apartment, according to prosecutors.
On Monday evening, two people matching the Couches’ description were spotted and intercepted. Now that they’ve been taken into custody in Puerta Vallerta, Mexico, he could finally end up in prison as he deserved for taking so many innocent lives.
Anderson said authorities began to zero in on the Couches’ whereabouts Thursday.
US and Mexican authorities are coordinating their return to Tarrant County, officials said a news conference Tuesday. On Tuesday he would not comment on when the gathering took place or say who had attended, but said it implied that Couch’s disappearance was “carefully planned”. “We learned that they had planned to disappear, that they even had something that was nearly akin to a going away party before they left town”.
Ethan and his mother were detained in Mexico. They did not have the proper paperwork to be visiting Puerto Vallarta, Vera said.
The Tarrant County sheriff has said he thinks they fled in late November after video emerged showing what appears to be Ethan Couch at a party involving alcohol.
In a statement released Tuesday, Couch’s attorneys, Reagan Wynn and Scott Brown, said, “At this point, we have not had an opportunity to speak with our client and we do not anticipate being able to do so unless and until he arrives in the United States“. Tarrant County District Attorney Sharen Wilson said that at a hearing next month she plans to ask a judge to transfer Ethan Couch’s case to adult court. At the time a judge reassesses Couch’s probation in the adult system, he has the power to put Couch in adult jail for a maximum of 120 days. He could go to prison for up to 10 years if found to have violated his probation by drinking.
Jean Boyd, the juvenile court judge who decided Couch’s sentence, retired past year.
Local authorities have also issued a warrant for the arrest of Tonya Couch, for hindering the arrest of her son.
This undated photo provided by the Jalisco state prosecutorâ€™s office shows Tonya Couch.
A migration official told AFP they will likely be sent back to Texas this week, but no date has been set. “The problem with it was, as you can imagine, Puerto Vallarta at Christmas time, a tremendous amount of tourists down there, so American people were prevalent everywhere, it wouldn’t be somewhere they were going to stick out”, he said.
Couch is wanted by authorities in Tarrant County, Texas, for allegedly violating his probation.
Couch pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter.
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