Ethan Couch: 'Affluenza' teen released from jail

'Affluenza teen' Ethan Couch prepares to leave jail Monday

After almost two years behind bars the North Texas teen whose lawyers used an "affulenza" defense during his Intoxication Manslaughter trial in 2013 is set to be released from prison today.

Rather than hand Couch up to 20 years in jail, as prosecutors had sought, the judge issued what was perceived to be a lenient sentence: 10 years' probation and mandatory rehab.

During his trial and sentencing, Couch became the subject of global headlines after a psychologist testified that he had "affluenza" - a portmanteau of the words "affluence" and "influenza".

Couch lost control of his family's pickup truck in 2013 after he and his friends had played beer pong and drank beer stolen from a Wal-Mart. There, he was sentenced to four consecutive terms of 180 days in jail (one term for each of the 2013 auto crash victims) equaling two years in jail, as KDFW-TV (Dallas) reported at the time.

His release today comes as his mother, Tonya Couch still sits in the the Tarrant County jail for violating the terms of her bond release.

Ethan was convicted five years ago for driving drunk and causing a crash that killed four people in Southeast Fort Worth. His lawyer said that his wealth impaired his ability to gauge what was right and wrong, and the court psychologist said he suffered from a case of "affluenza".

Business Insider said that Couch will remain on probation after he is freed from Tarrant County Jail in Texas. Couch, who turns 21 next week, is prohibited from drinking alcohol while he is on probation.

Couch's mother, Tonya, is now awaiting trial on a range of charges, and is being held in the same jail. Last week, though, she violated her probation when she failed her court-ordered drug test.

They were both eventually arrested and extradited to Texas.

She was booked into the same jail as her son, only days before he was released.

"The 720 days Ethan Couch served for his crimes shows that drunk driving homicides still aren't treated as the violent crimes that they are", MADD said. According to conditions released by the state, he'll have to stay home between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. every day, wear an alcohol monitor, and submit to on-demand drug or alcohol testing whenever required by the state.

Mothers Against Drunk Drivers blasted Couch's release as a "grave injustice".

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