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Ethan Couch, Texas 'Affluenza' Teen, Will Get Out Of Jail Soon

Mar 20, 2018

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.

Now 20 years old, Couch is scheduled for release from the Tarrant County Jail in Fort Worth on April 2. He's spent nearly two years in jail since his probation was revoked in 2016 for attending a party where alcohol was served.

Couch’s case sparked international headlines back in 2014 when he was initially sentenced to drug treatment and 10 years of probation instead of jail time. 

Interest was re-ignited in late 2015 when Couch and his mother fled to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, after a video surfaced that appeared to show Couch at a rowdy drinking party.

Couch was 16 when the truck he was driving killed four people and injured nine others in June of 2013. A psychologist at his manslaughter trial blamed his actions on "affluenza," or irresponsibility due to family wealth.