‘Affluenza’ Youth Gets Tentative Two-Year Jail Term
He’s going to pay. “You’re not getting out of jail today,” said Texas District Judge Wayne Salvant in handing down a 720-day sentence for Ethan Couch. He was originally given 10 years’ probation by a juvenile court following psychological testimony that his affluence mitigated his responsibility for a 2013 quadruple-fatal drunken driving accident. Turning 19 on Monday, he landed in Salvant’s adult court after fleeing to Mexico in violation of probation restrictions. But leniency’s still possible, as defense attorneys have two weeks in which to formulate arguments against the sentence.