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Ethan Couch, the so-called ‘affluenza’ teen, is brought into court for his adult court hearing at Tim Curry Justice Centre in Fort Worth, Texas, on April 13, 2016. He was sentenced to a strict curfew by a US court. Photo: Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Reuters

‘Affluenza teen’ Ethan Couch, ‘so rich he didn’t know right from wrong’ when he killed four in drunken crash, is to be freed


Ethan Couch, the rich teen who killed four people when he drunkenly ploughed into them, only it to be blamed on “affluenza” - a imaginary illness that makes wealthy people unable to tell right from wrong - is to be released.

Couch, now 20, will have a strict curfew and must wear an alcohol monitoring patch once he allowed out from jail in Tarrant County, Texas, on April 2, court documents show.

Tarrant County District Court Judge Wayne Salvant signed the documents on Wednesday morning listing the four conditions of Couch’s community supervision.

Couch became known as the “affluenza” teen after a witness at his original trial used the term to explain that he didn’t know right from wrong as a result of his wealthy upbringing.

On June 15, 2013, Couch and passengers in his Ford F-350 pickup were speeding down Burleson-Retta Road when he crashed into a group of people trying to help a stranded motorist. He was later convicted in Juvenile Court and was ordered not to consume alcohol.

But in December 2015, a video surfaced showing a person who appeared to be Couch at a drinking party. After the video surfaced, he did not respond or appear for a scheduled hearing with his probation officer.

Instead, he fled Fort Worth with his mother, Tonya Couch.

The pair were located in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in February 2016 and were both brought back to Tarrant County to face charges.

As part of Couch’s community supervision, he will have to submit to electronic monitoring and home confinement.

His GPS tracker will have a curfew set for him to not be able to leave his home until 8am each morning and he has to be home by 9pm each night.

He will also have to use a SCRAM alcohol monitor and submit to monitoring by Substance Abuse Test Patch as instructed by the court or his supervision officer.

It will be Couch’s responsibility to pay for the monitoring and he must obtain a new patch every 10 days. He must abstain from taking any medications that have not been prescribed to him by a medical professional.

He also cannot operate any motor vehicle without a camera-equipped ignition interlock device.