‘Affluenza’ DUI Case: Prosecutors Try Again To Put Teen Behind Bars

Source: Felicia Patinkin / ABC News

The Texas teenager who was spared a prison sentence after a psychologist called him a product of “affluenza” could still serve time in jail if prosecutors have their way.

The Tarrant County District Attorney’s office has asked a juvenile judge to incarcerate Ethan Couch, 16, on two counts of intoxication assault for which there has been no verdict.

“The 16-year-old admitted his guilt in four cases of intoxication manslaughter and two cases of intoxication assault. There has been no verdict formally entered. Every case deserves a verdict,” District Attorney Joe Shannon said in a statement.

Couch was sentenced last week to 10 years probation after he caused a fatal accident that left four people dead and two others severely injured. Couch was driving 70 mph in a 40 mph zone when the accident occurred. Prosecutors had asked for the maximum sentence of 20 years in juvenile hall with parole available after two years.

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  • thomasbone63

    I hope he goes to jail and i hope the parents are sued until they are broke.

    • Bianca Kelsey

      I like the latter but the first one not so much I say he has to charity work in Africa so he can see what its like to not have money. And see what privilege has done for these other countries.

      • Stuart Hayes

        I hope the judge gets sued for dereliction of duty, and has her licence to sit cases revoked.

  • MadMan

    They see how wrong they were for this..I hope he gets some time. This story is just wrong