“Affluenza” Teen’s Millionaire Parents Have Long History of Brushes With the Law

Sometimes the apple doesn’t fall very far from the tree, or so goes the old adage.  It turns out that the parents of the affluenza_teenteen who killed four people while driving drunk and got off with probation have had several run-ins with the law of their own.

State District Judge  Jean Boyd sentenced Ethan Couch to only 10 years probation, even though he was facing 20 years behind bars.  The 16-year-old’s defense attorney argued that the teen should be rehabilitated and is suffering from a made up condition known as “affluenza”,  which basically means that a child is too spoiled and two unattended by his or her parents to take responsibility for their own actions.

As it turns out, the boy’s parents have a long history of getting into trouble with the law but have never served any jail time. According to an exclusive report from Mail Online, the teen’s millionaire father, Fred Couch, and ex-wife Tonya   have had a few close calls with law enforcement.

Mr. Couch, 48, has been arrested for theft, including at least two instances of writing bad checks, evading arrest, and allegedly assaulting his ex-wife Mrs. Couch. In addition, he also has several traffic tickets on his record. Even though accusations against Mr. Couch go back as far as 1989, 22 accusations in all, he has never spent time in jail.

Mrs. Couch was only punished with a $500 fine for allegedly running another driver off the road.  She also has additional driving offenses on her record.

It was reported that Ethan Couch told a passenger at the scene where he took the lives of four people “I’m Ethan Couch. I’ll get out of this.”  He may have come to believe that by observing his parent’s own life, especially that of his father.

6 comments
dre2911
dre2911

All that judge saw was that little baby face rich white boy that looked like someone that could have come out HER womb....she became a tender loving Nurturing white mother in that black robe on the bench.

Ar1
Ar1

This reasoning is crazy. If you are poor, you are suppose to know better, but if you are rich, you deserve rehab. This reasoning doesn't make sense. The issue that is killing us is Discretion, which is a big part of our justice system, but is also a major hinderance.

ToccaraLSmith
ToccaraLSmith

Hate to say this but if he was 16 yr old black boy he will be under the jail system in a heartbeat. Who disagree or who agree. 

Ar1
Ar1

@ToccaraLSmith My sister you are speaking the truth, I read an article that this same judge sentenced a Black juvenile to 10 or more years for a lesser crime. So I agree with you!