Ethan 'Affluenza' Couch Released From Jail

Kristin Weisell
April 02, 2018 - 5:49 am
Ethan Couch Mugshot

Credit: Tarrant County Jail


FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - The infamous 'affluenza' boy was released from jail in Fort Worth.

Ethan Couch, now 20 years old, has served two years in jail for violating probation.

Couch became a household name in 2013 for the so called affluenza defense, used after his drinking and driving killed four people and hurt nine others.

More recently, Couch skipped out on a meeting with his probation officer and ran off to Mexico with his mother. They were caught and extradited back to Fort Worth.

The best friend of one of Couch's victims has forgiven him for the deadly crash and hopes he'll use his experiences to advocate against drinking and driving. 

Couch was initially sentenced to 10-years probation following the drunk driving crash and will start serving that probation upon his release from jail today.

Conditions of his release include wearing an ankle monitor, keeping a 9:00 p.m. curfew, and his car will have a device to test his breath before he can start driving. 

Mothers Against Drunk Driving is calling Couch's release a "grave injustice." MADD says the 720 days Couch served shows drunk driving homicides still aren't treated as the violent crimes they are, adding it's a small consolation that Couch will remain on probation.

MADD promised to continue monitoring Couch's case to honor the four people he killed and because his case brought to light that there is so much more work to be done to hold drunk drivers accountable.