A Texas teenager who used an “affluenza” defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck was ordered Wednesday to serve 720 days in a county jail.
Ethan Couch appeared in adult court for the first time Monday, when a judge announced he is ordering the 19-year-old to serve four 180 day terms consecutively, one term for each of the four people who died in a 2013 drunken driving wreck involving the teen.
Judge Wayne Salvant gave Couch’s attorneys two weeks to prepare arguments related to the sentences.
“Nothing I do is set in stone,” Salvant said, adding that he might reconsider the order. [Emphasis added]
His defense said in court Wednesday that the terms of Couch’s original juvenile court conviction meant he should have expected between 120 and 180 days in jail.
The judge also set several conditions for Couch’s probation when he does leave jail. Couch will not be allowed to drink, use drugs or drive, and he will be required to meet regularly with a community supervision officer.