Affluenza Teen Unshackled


A Tarrant County judge allowed the so-called "Affluenza Teen" Ethan Couch to have his ankle monitor removed.

Couch - who is now 21 - was convicted in a 2013 underage drunk driving crash in Fort Worth that left four people dead. He spent two years in jail for violating the terms of his probation; he and his mother Tonya Couch ran off to Mexico to avoid possible prosecution for another alleged parole violation. He was released last April under the condition that he wear the monitor, adhere to a 9:00pm curfew, and undergo drug testing. The monitor reportedly came off Monday.

He earned the nickname Affluenza Teen after it was argued during his juvenile trial that his wealthy upbringing prevented him from knowing right from wrong.

Tonya Couch still faces charges of hindering the apprehension of a fugitive and money laundering related to their 2015 escape to Mexico. She has not yet gone to trial.

The Tarrant County District Attorney's Office says they were not consulted or notified about the judge's ruling on the ankle monitor.


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