Ethan Couch, the intoxicated teen driver that killed four people and seriously injured two others in a 2013 accident, has gotten approval from State District Judge Jean Boyd to be sent to an undisclosed Texas rehabilitation center, according to WFAA News. This comes after the December decision to give Couch 10 years’ probation for the fatal crash, which drew national attention to the case. At the time of the accident, 16-year-old Couch had a blood alcohol content of .24, three times the legal limit, and had previously received two alcohol-related citations. The victims’ families have expressed extreme disappointment over the penalties delivered to Couch. Couch could have faced up to 20 years in prison, but his lawyers cited ‘affluenza’ as a defense for his actions. Couch has yet to be tried for the two counts of intoxication assault from the same accident.
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