TARRANT COUNTY — A Tarrant County judge has ordered affluenza teen Ethan Couch to spend 720 days — nearly two years — in jail as a condition of his continued probation for the 2013 drunken-drive crash that killed four people.
But that does not mean it will absolutely happen. Judge Wayne F. Salvant said he’d give the defense two weeks to make an argument against the order.
“Nothing is set in stone, so I might reconsider,” the judge said in a court hearing.
Until decisions are made, Couch will stay put. “You will remain in the County jail at this time. I want you to understand that. You’re not getting out of jail today,” Salvant said.
Couch, accused of fleeing to Mexico after using an “affluenza” defense to avoid prison in a fatal drunken-driving crash, will remain in jail for an undetermined number of days while a judge awaits recommendations from prosecutors and defense attorneys, the judge said during a court hearing Wednesday.
The judge eventually will determine how many further days Couch will have to serve in jail as a long-anticipated condition of his probation upon turning 19.