Published: Tue, April 03, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

'Affluenza teen' Ethan Couch prepares to leave jail Monday

'Affluenza teen' Ethan Couch prepares to leave jail Monday

He's required to a wear an ankle monitor and a patch that detects alcohol, as well as submit to drug testing and abide by a 9 p.m. curfew, according to CNN.

In December 2015, a six-second video that appeared to show Mr. Couch at a party where alcohol was served - a possible parole violation - was posted on Twitter.

"From the beginning, Ethan has admitted his conduct, accepted responsibility for his actions, and felt true remorse for the awful consequences of those actions", Couch's lawyers Scott Brown and Reagan Wynn said in a statement to ABC News.

"From the beginning, Ethan has admitted his conduct, accepted responsibility for his actions, and felt true remorse for the bad consequences of those actions", the attorneys said.

Couch has requested privacy as he focuses on "successfully completing his community supervision and going forward as a law-abiding citizen", his attorneys said.

He was sentenced to 10 years of probation and time in a rehabilitation center, but in 2015 he failed to check-in with his probation officer.

The decision by the juvenile court judge to put him on probation for 10 years outraged victims' families and anti-drunk driving advocates.

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Prosecutors in that 2013 case sought 20 years in jail, but Couch received no prison time after a psychologist testified that Couch was a victim of "affluenza", a product of wealthy, privileged parents who never set limits for him.

Couch was just 16 when he crashed his Ford pickup into a group of people trying to help a stranded driver in the town of Burleson.

The crash occurred after Couch had stolen beer from a nearby discount store, police said. Couch and his mother Tonya, took off for Mexico.

They were arrested about two weeks later, about 1,200 miles away in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where they had changed their appearances and ditched their identifications.

The president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Colleen Sheehey-Church, called his release a 'grave injustice.

Couch, who is now 20, left the Tarrant County probation office about 11:45 a.m., passing through a throng of media in silence before leaving in the back of a Tesla and returning to his father's home in northwest Fort Worth.

"I haven't seen arrogance in Ethan in more than nine months", Williams said.

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