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You see, because Couch suffers from affluenza, which is often passed down from generation to generation (there are a handful of teens suspected of having the same disorder), he’s always been unable to distinguish right from wrong.
A court in Texas took Couch’s condition into consideration when he sentenced the now-19-year-old to 2 years in jail for killing four people in a 2013 drunk driving wreck.
That’s 180 days—6 months—for each person whose life he ended.
Until he was sentenced in early April, Couch’s only punishment for the wreck was probation.
What Did Ethan Couch Do?
On June 15, 2013, Ethan Couch drove his dad’s Ford F-350 with a blood alcohol level that was three times the legal limit. He had seven passengers when he lost control of the vehicle and plowed into a group of pedestrians; four people were killed and one was severely wounded.
Couch pled guilty to four counts of intoxication manslaughter and two counts of intoxication assault, and the prosecution wanted him locked away for 20 years.
Instead, the defense hired a psychologist who testified that his irresponsible lifestyle was a direct result of his “affluent upbringing” and the court sentenced him to 10 years of probation.
Couch had a tough time on parole, which was evidenced by photos that surfaced in December 2015 from his Twitter feed that showed him playing beer pong. When he figured out that beer pong was a violation of his parole, he took off with his mother, Tonya Couch, and was finally detained in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (who hasn’t been in that situation before?).
Couch’s case was transferred to adult court on February 19, 2016, and he was handed a 2-year sentence on April 13.
What Do You Think?
Do you think the court was too easy on Couch, or do you think his defense of affluenza was a valid one? I’d love to hear your take, so share your thoughts on my Facebook page or on Twitter!
If you’re like most people, you remember Ethan Couch—or you remember his legal defense, which relied heavily on a rare and debilitating condition called affluenza.
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