'Affluenza' teen Ethan Couch may still face charges

Ethan Couch received 10 years probation after killing four people in a drunk-driving accident.
Posted By Kate Stanton   |   Dec. 19, 2013 at 5:57 PM   |   Comments

Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The Tarrant County District Attorney's Office in Fort Worth, Texas, has launched a renewed effort to put Ethan Couch behind bars, after the 16-year-old teenager was sentenced to probation for a drunk-driving crash that killed four people.

Psychologist Dr. G. Dick Miller, who testified for the defense, said Couch suffered from "affluenza," arguing that his parents spoiled him to such an extent that he wasn't fully responsible for his actions.

After Couch's case -- and his supposed "affluenza" affliction -- made national headlines, the local district attorney's office said Wednesday that the court could still pursue jail time for two additional charges that never received a formal verdict.

Sergio Molina and Solimon Mohmand were passengers in Couch's truck during the accident, which left Molina paralyzed and Mohmand with internal injuries.

During his recent trial, the 16-year-old admitted his guilt in four cases of intoxication manslaughter and two cases of intoxication assault," District Attorney Joe Shannon said in a statement. "There has been no verdict formally entered in the two intoxication assault cases. Every case deserves a verdict. The District Attorney’s Office is asking the court to incarcerate the teen on the two intoxication assault case."

Couch faces a maximum sentence of three years jail time for each charge of intoxication assault.


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