In Texas, Judge Allows ‘Affluenza’ Teen To Remove His GPS Monitoring Bracelet

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Ethan Couch received 10 years' probation and no prison time after he killed four people in a drunken-driving crash.

“Affluenza teen” Ethan Couch was freed of his ankle monitor on Monday, almost a year after he was released from prison. The ankle monitor was equipped with a GPS tracker which enforced his 9 p.m. curfew.

In 2013, Couch killed four people in a drunk-driving accident. Breanna Mitchell, 24; Brian Jennings, 41; Hollis Boyles, 52; and Shelby Boyles, 21 were all victims. Two others were also severely injured, including a victim who was left paralyzed. Couch, now 21-years-old, received no prison time for his crime, only 10 years of probation.

In 2015, Couch failed to report to his probation officer and took off to Mexico with his mother. For that, he received a two-year prison sentence. Couch was captured in Mexico after an international manhunt.

Couch’s nickname, “affluenza teen” came from a psychologist who testified in Couch’s defense during his 2013 trial. The psychologist claimed that Couch’s wealthy upbringing made it more difficult for him to comprehend the consequences of his crime.

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