Ethan Couch, the so-called "affluenza teen" who killed four people in a 2013 drunk-driving incident, has been hit with a 720-day jail sentence. "You're not getting out of jail today," State District Judge Wayne Salvant told Couch on Wednesday, as quoted by NBC News. Couch's 720-day sentence, which consists of four 180-day terms for each victim, will be served consecutively.
Couch, who turned 19 earlier this week, was found to have nearly three times the legal blood-alcohol limit during the fatal crash. Just 16 years old at the time, Couch was speeding near Forth Worth in June 2013 when he slammed into a disabled vehicle on the side of the road, ultimately killing four people and injuring several others.
The teen somehow managed to argue that he suffered from "affluenza," a condition (though not recognized by the American Psychiatric Association) that apparently consists of one being so wealthy and coddled that a general emotional numbness takes over. For more on the sheer ridiculousness of such a claim, peep Anderson Cooper's 2013 discussion on the "affluenza" madness:
Though Couch was initially out on 10-year probation for the fatal drunk driving crash, he became the subject of a nationwide search after footage alleging to show him partaking in alcohol-related activities started making the rounds on Twitter. The notorious teen and his mother, Tonya, were ultimately detained in Mexico later that month. Wednesday's fateful hearing, attended by Tonya, marked Couch's first appearance in adult court. Salvant initially told the court an immediate ruling would not take place, though he had a change of heart after prosecutors argued that Couch should be hit with 180 days for each victim under a different part of Texas code. The defense, according to KTLA, has two weeks to argue against this order.