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 teen 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.