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    'Affluenza' teen Ethan Couch sentenced to 720 days in jail

    The Texas teen who used the now infamous “affluenza” defense after killing four people in a drunk driving accident could serve as much as two years in jail, a judge ruled on Wednesday.

    The ruling came after an hour of arguments about whether a judge in an adult court had the ability to sentence Ethan Couch to serve time in jail for violating a probation imposed on him by a juvenile court in 2015.


    Couch had previously pleaded guilty to killing four people in the 2013 accident. But after his defense team argued that he suffered from “affluenza” – which they said meant that he was unable to tell right from wrong after being raised by wealthy parents – he was sentenced to rehab and 10 years’ probation. The sentence drew much criticism from the victims’ families and local law enforcement officials.
    Couch is currently accused of violating his probation – which prohibits him from drinking, using drugs and driving – after he fled to Mexico in December with his mother after a video appeared on social media showing Couch at a party with alcohol.



    After the video surfaced, Couch’s probation officer was unable to get in touch with him and a warrant for his arrest was issued. Couch and his mother were arrested 11 days later in Mexico, after he used his phone to place an order for Domino’s pizza. Couch has been in jail since his arrest.


    Couch, who turned 19 on Monday, made his first appearance in adult court on Wednesday in Fort Worth. It is unclear if the time he has spent in jail awaiting the hearing will count towards his sentence.


    Much of Wednesday’s hearing was focused on whether the judge should sentence Couch to 180 or 120 days in jail. Prosecutors argued that since there were four different victims in the 2013 accident, this should be treated as four different violations.
    The defense disagreed, arguing that the case should be treated the way it was in juvenile court.


    Four stacked sentences – each for 180 days in jail – is the most that judge Wayne Salvant could give. After he announced the sentence, Salvant told lawyers that they had two weeks to submit additional information that could be used to change his mind.


    After serving out his sentence, Couch will also have to finish the 10-year probation. The terms remain the same: no drinking, no drugs, no driving. He must comply with any blood, urine and breathalyzer tests. Additionally, if Couch seeks to leave the nearby counties, he would first need to obtain a permission. If Couch violated his probation as an adult, he could be sent to prison for up to 40 years – 10 years for each person he killed in 2013.


    Salvant also urged the lawyers in the case to not voice their opinions about how the case ought to be handled in the press. The reason, according to Salvant, is that Couch’s case is “intertwined” with his mother’s.



    Tonya Couch faces charge of hindering the apprehension of a felon and faces between two and 10 years in prison if convicted. She is currently under house arrest.

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    Good. A slap on the wrist, but better than nothing...which is what it was before. I doubt inmates in an adult prison are going to be much impressed by affluenza boy.

    In addition, once he gets out he will undoubtedly violate parole again, and hopefully get the 40 years he deserves. In the cell next to mommy.

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    Someone daft enough to use a mythical "affluenza" defence needs supervision as someone non compos mentis.

    For sure he's gonna push the envelope and try it on again, one way or another.

    He's probably the product of a dysfunctional household made up of a cossetting mother, an absent father and sugar used as a pacifier, resulting in ADD or ADHD.

    He might be forced to understand his fundamental orifice in a new way, once incarcerated.

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    Affluent teens is that the same category as Hi so's teens in Thailand

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    Quote Originally Posted by ENT
    Someone daft enough to use a mythical "affluenza" defence needs supervision as someone non compos mentis.
    why was it daft to use that as a defense?

    it worked.

    what was daft was letting one of his "friends" record him drinking alcohol.

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    Hope he takes it up the poop chute in prison his first week, that should further help the little affluent kunt come to understand right from wrong.

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    I hope the next excuse From some jerk is " I'm too poor to know its wrong to steal".

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    Quote Originally Posted by raycarey View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ENT
    Someone daft enough to use a mythical "affluenza" defence needs supervision as someone non compos mentis.
    why was it daft to use that as a defense?

    it worked.
    How so, if he got 2 yrs jail for his effort?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobR View Post
    Hope he takes it up the poop chute in prison his first week, that should further help the little affluent kunt come to understand right from wrong.
    If he's pretty and/or precious, he will.

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    ^^He initially got off - almost totally. Rehab and probation. It worked perfectly until he and his brain dead Mommy decided it would be a good idea to break probation, go to another country, and then post on Facebook pictures of him breaking probation.

    Even now he only got two years - for killing four people.

    The good news is that once released, he's still on probation for another 7 or 8 years. He'll almost certainly fuck that up, at which point the judge can bang him up for 10 years.

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    It's what I think, too.

    One way or the other, that plea is gonna get rammed up his a*se.

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    Ethan Couch was 16 years old when, as a drunk driver, he struck and killed four pedestrians.
    He dodged prison after a suggestion at trial that his irresponsibility was a result of his entitled
    upbringing — something dubbed it "affluenza".

    He violated his probation and ended up in a low-security jail, but now he's free from there too
    and community groups are angry.

    Couch, 20, was reportedly released from the Tarrant County jail near Dallas, Texas.
    The group Mothers Against Drunk Driving issued a statement calling Couch's short stint in jail
    "a grave injustice to the victims and their families who have been dealt life sentences because
    of one person's devastating decision to drink and drive".

    He will serve the remaining six years of his community supervision under the terms imposed by the court.
    Those terms include wearing a tracking device, sticking to a 9:00pm curfew and taking regular drug tests,
    court documents show


    Vehicle hit crowd helping disabled driver

    Couch lost control of his family's ute in 2013 after he and his friends had played beer pong and
    drank beer stolen from a Wal-Mart.

    He veered into a crowd of people helping the driver of a disabled vehicle on the side of the road.
    Authorities later estimated that he was speeding.

    The crash fatally injured the stranded motorist, a youth minister who stopped to help her and a
    mother and daughter who came out of their nearby home.

    Couch's mother, Tonya Couch, is in jail awaiting trial on charges of hindering apprehension of a felon
    and money laundering arising from when she fled to Mexico with her son in 2015.

    Fred Couch, Ethan's father, was sentenced in December 2016 to a year's probation for falsely
    identifying himself as a peace officer.


    He has not commented publicly on his son's release.

    Here


    affluenza ... FFS ... Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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    Couch surfing deferred

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    this guy killed four people....ran to mexico to avoid prison...and after being caught, only spent about 2 years in prison.

    how is that possible?

    he's white and rich.

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    Still, better than the 19 yr old Thai brat that took his dad's Porsche out, hit a Lao teenager slicing her in half, and drove for 10Km with the top half of her body in the passenger seat, before his father told him to leg it and he'd report the car stolen.

    Couch's mother, Tonya Couch, is in jail awaiting trial on charges of hindering apprehension of a felon
    and money laundering arising from when she fled to Mexico with her son in 2015.

    Fred Couch, Ethan's father, was sentenced in December 2016 to a year's probation for falsely
    identifying himself as a peace officer.
    350k thb (iirc) to the Laos mother and no charges for either father or son.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    Still, better than the 19 yr old Thai brat that took his dad's Porsche out, hit a Lao teenager slicing her in half, and drove for 10Km with the top half of her body in the passenger seat, before his father told him to leg it and he'd report the car stolen.
    No, the Yank version was definitely four times worse IMHO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    Still, better than the 19 yr old Thai brat that took his dad's Porsche out, hit a Lao teenager slicing her in half, and drove for 10Km with the top half of her body in the passenger seat, before his father told him to leg it and he'd report the car stolen.



    350k thb (iirc) to the Laos mother and no charges for either father or son.
    I'm not familiar with that story. When did that happen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post



    Fred Couch, Ethan's father, was sentenced in December 2016 to a year's probation for falsely
    identifying himself as a peace officer.


    WTF is a 'peace officer'?
    I assume they mean 'police' officer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    No, the Yank version was definitely four times worse IMHO
    I don't like to agree with Lulu rat informer jerk, but his story is of a worse case, IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    WTF is a 'peace officer'?
    I assume they mean 'police' officer.
    "Peace officer" is a valid and meaningful term.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    I don't like to agree with Lulu rat informer jerk, but his story is of a worse case, IMO.
    Someone who gets drunk and kills four people in a non third world country is worse than some sober person running over someone who ran out from behind a bus without looking?
    A girl whose Native country drive on the other side of the road

    Nah, not for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Someone who gets drunk and kills four people in a non third world country is worse than some sober person running over someone who ran out from behind a bus without looking?
    I was taking in terms of her parent's being charged, and the Thai father that told his son to leg it and he'd report it stolen, and wasn't charged with anything.

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    Also you even stated yourself that you werent even aware of any of the details
    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    I'm not familiar with that story. When did that happen?
    Do you have some Yank in you?

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    Laotian girl cut in half by speeding Porsche

    Pathum Thani - A 17-year-old Laotian girl was cut in half by a speeding Porsche car when crossed the road here Friday afternoon.

    Police quoted a witness as saying that the girl, who was a worker of a foods shop, was crossing the road back from a noodle shop where she bough her lunch when she was hit.

    The accident happened at 2:30 pm on the Pathum Thani-Bang Bua Thong Road in front of Parichart Housing Estate in Muang district.

    Initially, only the lower half of her body was found in the dish in the middle of the road.

    Later on, her upper half was found on the seat near the driver seat in the car, which was left about 10 kilometres from the scene. It crashed through the windshield and landed on the seat.

    Police said the car has been stolen and the driver was fleeing.


    http://teakdoor.com/thailand-and-asi...-speeding.html (Thailand : Laotian girl cut in half by speeding Porsche)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    "Peace officer" is a valid and meaningful term.
    Term for what?

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