USA authorities said the Texas teenager serving probation for killing four people in a drunken-driving wreck after invoking an “affluenza” defense, was in custody in Mexico, weeks after he and his mother disappeared.
Since Tonya Couch is back in the USA and in the custody of American law enforcement, it is very likely that she will be back in Texas sooner than her son. He would not give details about the event, including how many people attended.
During the sentencing phase of Ethan Couch’s trial, a defence expert argued that his wealthy parents coddled him into a sense of irresponsibility – a condition the expert termed “affluenza”. It was not clear whether they had any accomplices.
Anderson said loved ones of the crash victims feel victimized over and over. Authorities said she and her son, Texas teenager Ethan Couch, who wa…
The divorce provides a revealing backdrop for the latest chapter in Ethan Couch’s troubled life: He and his mother were arrested Monday after fleeing to Mexico while he was on probation and using one of their phones to order a pizza delivered to a condo in the resort city of Puerto Vallarta. The two were arrested on Monday in the Pacific Coast resort city of Puerto Vallarta.
Ethan Couch probably will be able to stay in Mexico for longer than the next three days because of the holidays, Richard Hunter, chief deputy U.S. Marshal for the southern district of Texas, said in a Wednesday news conference. The street corner where they were found is dotted with a small sandwich shop, a taco stand, and a mom-and-pop corner store.
Ethan Couch had dyed his blond hair black.
It is now believed that the 18-year-old fled the country in late November with his mom, after video surfaced of him at a party where teens were playing beer pong.
Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson said he was informed about 8 a.m. Wednesday that the Couches weren’t returning to Texas as planned.
Tonya Couch, the mother of “affluenza teen” fugitive Ethan Couch, faces up to 10 years in prison after being charged with hindering an apprehension Wednesday.
Ethan Couch, 18, is shown in this handout photo provided by the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department in Fort Worth, Texas, December 17, 2015. If he violates probation again, he could face up to 10 years in prison per death, Wilson said. Bristling at the young man’s light sentence for an offense that left four dead, prosecutors have been trying to move Couch’s case to the adult criminal justice system, where probation violations invite tougher consequences, when he turns 19 in April.
Couch is likely to spend, weeks, if not months, as he appeals his deportation back to the United States. “The issue is what’s in the best interest of the child”, said John Convery, president-elect of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. “They would have had to enter, for example, as tourists, but they entered without registering”.
Couch, however, is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, the Los Angeles Police Department told The Associated Press.
In the auto crash, Couch, then 16, was speeding and had a blood-alcohol level almost three times the legal limit when he lost control of his pickup truck and struck a stranded motorist and three people who had stopped to help.
Couch pleaded guilty to four counts of intoxication manslaughter and two counts of intoxication assault causing serious bodily injury.
A judge sentenced him in juvenile court to 10 years’ probation and a stint in a rehabilitation center.
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