No Jail For Texas Teen In So-Called ‘Affluenza’ Case
A judge on Wednesday ordered that Ethan Couch — whodrove drunk and caused a crash, killing four people and injuring two– go to a lock-down residential treatment facility.
State District Judge Jean Boyd had already decided the Texas teenager would serve no jail time. He was sentenced last year to 10 years’ probation.
His story made national headlines after a witness claimed Couch was a victim of “affluenza” — the product of wealthy, privileged parents who never set limits for the boy.
That particular defense, however, played no part in the judge’s decision, Couch’s lawyer told reporters on Wednesday. Court proceedings were closed to the public.