Texas ‘affluenza’ teen jailed for nearly 2 years

Couch was 16 and his blood-alcohol level was three times above the legal limit for adult drivers when the crash occurred

FILE- This undated file photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service, shows Ethan Couch. A Texas district attorney’s office said Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, that Mexican authorities have detained Couch, who disappeared with his mother after video surfaced online showing he may have violated his probation for causing a drunken wreck that killed four people. (U.S. Marshals Service via AP, File)
FILE- This undated file photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service, shows Ethan Couch. A Texas district attorney’s office said Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, that Mexican authorities have detained Couch, who disappeared with his mother after video surfaced online showing he may have violated his probation for causing a drunken wreck that killed four people. (U.S. Marshals Service via AP, File)

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – The Texas teenager who used an “affluenza” defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck has been ordered to spend nearly two years in jail.

State District Judge Wayne Salvant said Wednesday that Ethan Couch must spend 180 days in jail for each of the four people he killed in 2013 when he rammed a pickup truck into a crowd of people helping a motorist. The sentences will be served consecutively.

Salvant earlier said he would not rule on Couch’s jail time immediately.

It was Couch’s first appearance in an adult court.

Couch was 16 and his blood-alcohol level was three times above the legal limit for adult drivers when the crash occurred.

Couch and his mother were caught in Mexico after fleeing a possible probation violation. He has been has been in custody in Texas since January.

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