‘Affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch tentatively ordered to serve 2 years in jail


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(April 13, 2016) — [Breaking news update, published at 12:30 p.m. ET]

A Texas judge ordered Wednesday that “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch spend 720 days in jail — nearly two years — as a condition for his continued probation for a 2013 fatal drunken-driving crash.

However, the judge said he’d give the defense two weeks to make an argument against the order.

“Nothing is set in stone, so I might reconsider,” the judge said in a court hearing in the case in Tarrant County, Texas.

[Original story, published at 12:02 p.m. ET]

Ethan Couch, a Texas teenager accused of fleeing to Mexico after using an “affluenza” defense to avoid prison in a fatal drunken-driving crash, will remain in jail for an undetermined number of days while a judge awaits recommendations from prosecutors and defense attorneys, the judge said during a court hearing Wednesday.

The judge eventually will determine how many further days Couch will have to serve in jail as a long-anticipated condition of his probation upon turning 19.

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