‘Affluenza’ Teen Tentatively Sentenced Two Years in Prison


By Jason Hanna, CNN

“Affluenza” teen Ethan Couch could get a lot more jail time than his defense attorneys were hoping for.

A Texas judge on Wednesday tentatively ordered Couch to spend 720 days in jail — nearly two years — as a condition for his continued probation for a 2013 drunken-driving crash that killed four people and seriously injured two others.
However, District Judge Wayne Salvant said he’d give the defense two weeks to make an argument against the order.
“Nothing is set in stone, so I might reconsider,” he said at a court hearing in the case in Tarrant County, Texas.
The jail time is the latest twist in the deceptively complex and well-publicized sentence Couch received in 2013: 10 years of probation for intoxication manslaughter, instead of prison, after his lawyers cited a now notorious “affluenza” defense, suggesting he was too rich and spoiled to understand the consequences of his actions.
As part of that sentence, he was always subject to possible jail time when his probation case was moved to adult court, which it did Monday when he turned 19. The situation is further convoluted by the fact that he’s already in jail, accused of violating probation in part by traveling to Mexico last year.

**Courtesy of Jason Hanna, CNN

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