Ethan Couch, Texas man who invoked "Affluenza" defense as a teen, released

'Affluenza teen' Ethan Couch expected to be released from jail

'Affluenza teen' Ethan Couch expected to be released from jail

Tarrant County sheriff's spokesman David McClelland says Ethan Couch was released Monday from the county jail near Dallas after serving almost two years for a revoked probation.

Couch gained national notoriety in 2013 after he received no jail time for killing four people while driving drunk.

Three hours after the crash, tests showed Couch had a blood alcohol content of 0.24, three times the legal limit, according to the district attorney's office.

A psychologist testifying for the defense suggested Ethan suffered from "affluenza", a term supposedly meant to indicate that because of a wealthy, affluent upbringing devoid of consequences, he wasn't capable of knowing right from wrong, or fully accepting responsibility. Nine people were injured, including two passengers in Couch's truck.

During his trial and sentencing, Couch became the subject of worldwide headlines after a psychologist testified that he had "affluenza" - a portmanteau of the words "affluence" and "influenza". He was convicted of Intoxication Manslaughter, but was only sentenced to rehabilitation and 10 years probation.

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Critics say the justice system has been too lenient with Couch.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving described the two years Couch has spent in jail as "a grave injustice to the victims and their families".

Sometime between when the video was posted and a warrant issued for his arrest Couch and his mother, Tonya, fled to Mexico. He'll also have to meet with a probation officer regularly, and get a job. His mother is in jail for violating the terms of her bond after being charged with helping her son flee to Mexico.

State District Judge Wayne Salvant had warned Tonya Couch last June to "use common sense" pending her trial.

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