Ethan Couch is best known as the “Affluenza Teen.” Couch gained infamy when he killed four people in a drunk driving accident, and his defense team argued that he was not capable of telling right from wrong because of his “affluenza” or wealthy upbringing, and he was able to avoid jail time.
At the time of the accident, his blood-alcohol level was three times the legal limit. In a court case the shocked the nation, the judge agreed with his lawyer’s argument, and so he was only sentenced to ten years probation for driving into a crowd of people in his pickup truck. During his probation, he was ordered to stay far away from alcohol and not to drink.
Of course, this rich kid once again thought the rules didn’t apply to him, and it wasn’t long before someone posted a video online where he was drinking. When his probation officer ordered him to attend a meeting, he fled to Mexico with his mother. When he was arrested months later in Puerto Vallarta, Judge Wayne Salvant then sentenced him to two years in jail, 180 days for each life he took.
His time has now been served, and on April 2 he will be released from the Tarrant County Jail in Forth Worth, Texas. He will be under the supervision of the community supervision and corrections department. Many believe that Couch’s sentence is much too lenient, and a sign of the problems in today’s world. If he had not been rich, he would have been facing a much harsher sentence, so what is wealth really worth in America? Do you believe that it is too easy of a sentence?
This is a horrible story, and we know that sometimes we need a reminder of the good in the world after a horrible time like this, so be sure to check out the video below!