Unfortunately he may get off easy. Again.
Ethan Couch, the Texas teen who killed four people while drunk driving his truck, has been apprehended after violating his probation and fleeing to Mexico. If you don’t remember Couch then maybe you’ll remember his famous defense, “Affluenza.” The term was coined by his lawyer and helped the teen, then 16, avoid prison despite the fact that he had a blood alcohol level of 0.24 and killed four people. He also ended up leaving one of his friends who was riding in his truck paralyzed and with brain damage.
Gross miscarriages of justice aside, all Couch had to do was abide by the terms of his 10-year probation. A few weeks ago a short clip of him drinking emerged which was obviously a violation of his probation. That sent him and his mother fleeing to Mexico.
Couch and his mother, Tonya Couch, were apprehended in Puerto Vallarta, a popular beachside resort. That’s the good news! The bad news is that due to legal complexities Couch may only face limited jail time. Basically, moving his case from juvenile court to adult court is a pain in the ass. The max prison time he could face in an adult jail is 120 days, at least so far. As for his mother, well she could be facing a lot more time. Authorities have charged her with hindering the apprehension of a juvenile, a crime which carries with it between two and 10 years in prison. Let’s see what defense she cooks up. For the record the Couchs are divorced and Mr. Couch apparently had no hand in his son’s escape.