The Latest: Texas 'affluenza' teen jailed for nearly 2 years

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Posted: Apr 13, 2016 1:01 PM
The Latest: Texas 'affluenza' teen jailed for nearly 2 years

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the case of "affluenza" teenager Ethan Couch (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

The Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck has been ordered to spend nearly two years in jail.

State District Judge Wayne Salvant said Wednesday that Ethan Couch must spend 180 days in jail for each of the four people he killed in 2013 when he rammed a pickup truck into a crowd of people helping a motorist. The sentences will be served consecutively.

Salvant earlier said he would not rule on Couch's jail time immediately.

It was Couch's first appearance in an adult court.

Couch was 16 and his blood-alcohol level was three times above the legal limit for adult drivers when the crash occurred.

Couch and his mother were caught in Mexico after fleeing a possible probation violation. He has been has been in custody in Texas since January.

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10:35 a.m.

The Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense for a fatal drunken-driving wreck will remain in jail, for now.

Ethan Couch appeared in adult court for the first time Wednesday. State District Judge Wayne Salvant says he will not make an immediate decision on how much longer Couch must remain in the Tarrant County jail.

The 19-year-old Couch killed four people and seriously injured two others in June 2013 when he rammed a pickup truck into a crowd of people helping a disabled motorist. His blood-alcohol level was three times above the legal limit for adult drivers.

Couch has been in Texas custody since January, a month after he and his mother were caught in Mexico after fleeing a possible probation violation.

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00:15 a.m.

A Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense following a deadly drunken-driving wreck will appear in adult court facing the prospect of more jail time.

Ethan Couch is due Wednesday before a Fort Worth judge who could order more jail time as part of the conditions of his adult probation.

Couch, who turned 19 on Monday, was given 10 years of probation for a June 2013 wreck that killed four people and left two severely injured. The sentence outraged victims' families and prosecutors.

Couch and his mother, Tonya, fled to Mexico in December after a video surfaced online appearing to show Couch at a party where alcohol was being served. Drinking alcohol would be a violation of his probation.

He's been in custody in Texas since January.