Judge Gives Affluenza Teen Strict Probation Restrictions

L.P. Phillips
March 22, 2018 - 5:27 pm
Ethan Couch Mugshot

Credit: Tarrant County Jail


FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - Ethan Couch is scheduled to be released from the Tarrant County Jail on April 2nd after completing his 720-day jail term imposed as part of his adult probation.

If he wants to stay out of prison, Couch must adhere to some strict probation conditions given to him by a judge Thursday. 

According to documents obtained by KRLD's L.P. Phillips, Couch must wear an ankle monitor that can spot alcohol violations and submit to random testing. He must be in the house between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., and cannot drive unless a vehicle unless it has a camera-monitored interlock system installed. 

Back in 2013, Couch, then 16 years old, killed four people while driving drunk.

Couch was sentenced to 10 years probation after his lawyers testified that he had "affluenza," a lack of discipline due to his affluent upbringing.

He and his mother fled to Mexico in late 2015 after he was caught on video attending a party where alcohol was served - a violation of his probation.

His mother, Tonya, is awaiting trial on charges related to that escape.