'Affluenza' Texan, Who Killed 4 Driving Drunk, to Be Released

'Affluenza teen' Ethan Couch prepares to leave jail Monday

'Affluenza teen' Ethan Couch prepares to leave jail Monday

After almost two years behind bars the North Texas teen whose lawyers used an "affulenza" defense during his Intoxication Manslaughter trial in 2013 is set to be released from prison today.

A juvenile court judge initially drew widespread criticism after sentencing Couch to 10 years of probation.

Couch's case made global headlines because his legal team argued that he was not at fault for drunk driving in June 2013 because his privileged background ruined him.

Couch's family also agreed to pay more than $2 million to the family of 16-year-old Sergio E. Molina, who was paralyzed after being thrown out of Couch's truck during the crash.

Couch was released a few days before his 21st birthday and will remain under strict probation supervision, the county sheriff's office has said.

At the time of the crash in Texas, Couch had a blood-alcohol level almost three times the legal limit for an adult.

A psychologist at trial blamed the teen's irresponsibility on his family's wealth, dubbing it "affluenza".

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According to Tarrant County Assistant Criminal District Attorney Richard Alpert, Couch raced down a narrow two-lane country road at almost 70mph and even played chicken with oncoming cars.

When Couch is released, he will have a 9 p.m. curfew and will have to wear a Global Positioning System and alcohol monitor.

After spending several weeks in the Mexican resort town, the two were caught when authorities traced an order for Domino's Pizza made from one of the Couches' smartphones. Couch and his mother Tonya, took off for Mexico. "From the beginning, Ethan has admitted his conduct, accepted responsibility for his actions, and felt true remorse for the bad consequences of those actions".

Couch's mother is now facing charges of money laundering and hindering apprehension of a felon for helping her son flee to Mexico.

However, everything changed when a video in 2015 showed Couch playing beer pong, a blatant probation violation.

She was released on bond, but last week violated the conditions of her release when she allegedly failed a court-ordered drug test. She is in jail awaiting trial on charges of money laundering and helping her son escape when it appeared his initial sentence would be increased.

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