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‘Affluenza’ Teen’s Mom Charged with Felony, Lawyers Say She Did Nothing Wrong

Ethan Couch was taken to Mexico City late Wednesday, an official said. He said authorities have no evidence that Couch’s father was involved.

On Monday evening, two people matching the Couches’ description were spotted and intercepted.

Ethan Couch and his mother are fighting extradition from Mexico to the USA, which will likely delay their return to the country for the time being, officials said this morning.

People walk past a building where Ethan Couch, 18, and his mother, Tonya Couch stayed in the Pacific …

Couch was convicted of 4 counts of intoxication manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years of drink- and drug-free probation, which critics noticed as leniency as a result of of his family’s wealth. Jalisco state prosecutor Eduardo Almaguer Ramirez said USA authorities knew the mother and son were in the beach resort town because of a phone call to Domino’s Pizza, The Associated Press reported. The decision to move Couch was made because the Mexico City facility for detaining migrants is larger and better equipped to hold someone for days or weeks.

A maid found a gun in the Couches’ Mexico apartment. A lawyer for Tonya Couch didn’t reply to a request to remark. On Wednesday, Tonya Couch arrived at Los Angeles International Airport, where she was escorted by US marshals while in handcuffs.

In the meantime, Ethan Couch is being held at the Agujas immigration detention center, where the official said he will have no special privileges such as the ones high profile criminals can sometimes buy in Mexican prisons.

Tonya Couch, center, is taken by authorities to a waiting vehicle after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, in Los Angeles.

He apparently vanished after the emergence of a video showing Couch at a party taking part in a drinking game, which violated the terms of his probation.

Texas prosecutors say the mother of a fugitive teenager known for using an “affluenza” defense has been charged with hindering apprehension of a felon after fleeing with her son to Mexico.

The mother of fugitive teenager Ethan Couch, known for using an “affluenza” defence in a fatal drunken-driving accident, has been returned to the USA from Mexico. “While the public may not like what she did, may not agree with what she did, or may have strong feelings against what she did, make no mistake – Tonya did not violate any law of the State of Texas and she is eager to have her day in court”. If he violates probation again, he could face up to 10 years in prison per death, Wilson said.

Couch’s attorneys, Scott Brown and Reagan Wynn, said they won’t comment until they speak with him, which likely won’t happen before Couch reaches the U.S.

Ethan Couch was driving drunk and speeding near Fort Worth in June 2013 when he crashed into a disabled SUV, killing four people and injuring several others, including passengers in his own pick-up truck.

The court sentenced him to mental health treatment and a decade of probation, a ruling seen as too lenient by many Americans. If the judge rules in Couch’s favor, there could be a trial process in Mexico that can last for weeks or even months.

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