FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – This time, his cushy upbringing isn’t keeping Ethan Couch out of jail.
A Texas judge ruled today that the 19-year-old will have to spend nearly two years behind bars — six months for each of the four people he killed in a drunken-driving wreck. He was 16 and his blood-alcohol level was three times above the legal limit for adult drivers when the crash occurred.
He’d been given 10 years of probation in connection with that wreck, after his lawyers argued that his wealthy parents had instilled in him a lack of responsibility.
The new jail time was imposed as a condition of his adult probation. This was Couch’s first appearance in an adult court.
Couch and his mother were caught in Mexico after fleeing a possible probation violation.