Teen Given Probation for Fatal Wreck Due in Court

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- A North Texas teenager sentenced to probation for a drunken-driving crash that left four people dead is expected back in court.

A Wednesday hearing is scheduled in the case of Ethan Couch, who was given 10 years' probation for the wreck last year that also severely injured two people.

The sentence has stirred fierce debate, as has a defense expert who said Couch's wealthy parents coddled him into a sense of irresponsibility. The expert termed the condition "affluenza."

Judge Jean Boyd issued the original sentence, but she has not ruled on a prosecution request to give Couch jail time on charges related to the two people who were injured.

She also hasn't decided whether to send Couch to a pricey California rehab facility, as his attorneys have requested.

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