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A 20-year-old Texas man who used a so-called “affluenza” defense to fight a drunken driving conviction in 2013 was released from jail Monday.

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Ethan Couch, who as a teenager used an "affluenza" defense regarding his drunken-driving wreck that killed four people, will get out of jail soon.

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Ethan Couch, the "affluenza teen" who got probation for killing four people and injuring nine while driving drunk in 2013, is going to spend nearly two more years in jail. That’s what a Tarrant County judge ordered Wednesday in Couch’s first appearance in an adult court, two days after his 19th birthday. The hearing marked a new chapter in Couch’s case.


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A Texas judge says the case of Ethan Couch, a teenager who used an "affluenza" defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck, will be moved to adult court.

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Ethan Couch, whose lawyers invoked an "affluenza" defense after he killed four people in a drunken-driving accident, will remain for now in a Texas juvenile detention facility where he has been held since he was deported from Mexico on Thursday.


A judge has agreed to allow "affluenza" teenager Ethan Couch to remain in a juvenile detention facility as he awaits a judge's ruling on transferring his case to the adult system.

On Thursday morning, Mexican immigration agents loaded "affluenza teen" Ethan Couch into a truck and put him aboard a commercial flight to the U.S., where he is expected to face probation-violation charges.

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A hearing has been delayed to consider whether a North Texas teenager known for using an "affluenza" defense violated his probation in a fatal drunken-driving wreck.

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The mother of a fugitive teen who used an "affluenza" defense after killing four people in a drunken crash has arrived at a North Texas jail.

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The mother of teen U.S. fugitive Ethan Couch has been returned to the United States without her son after her deportation from Mexico.

Ethan Couch — the "affluenza teen" who killed four people while driving drunk two years ago and recently fled to Mexico with his mother — has been granted a temporary stay against his extradition to the U.S. His mother was deported to Los Angeles on Wednesday evening.

Couch and his mother were detained in Mexico on Monday. They originally had been scheduled to return to the U.S. on Wednesday, where Ethan Couch would face a hearing before a juvenile court judge.

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Ethan Couch, the teen fugitive from Texas known for using an "affluenza" defense, has been granted a three-day delay in deportation.

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Before Ethan Couch and his mother fled to Mexico, they held a going-away party. Then they hopped in a pick-up truck and drove to the border.

U.S. and Mexican authorities say they have detained fugitive Ethan Couch, who invoked an "affluenza" defense after he killed four people while driving drunk in 2013.

The 18-year-old Texan's mother, Tonya Couch, also was taken into custody Monday evening in the Mexican resort town of Puerto Vallarta. This ends a manhunt after Ethan Couch failed to appear at a mandatory appointment with his probation officer on Dec. 10, as The Two–Way has reported.

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The news that a 16-year-old boy from Texas was sentenced this week to 10 years of probation for driving drunk and causing a crash that killed four people has led to many headlines such as this, from Time:

"The Affluenza Defense: Judge Rules Rich Kid's Rich Kid-ness Makes Him Not Liable for Deadly Drunk Driving Accident."