Prosecutors: ‘Affluenza' teen's mother's gun violated bond

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors say the Texas mother of the so-called “affluenza teen” violated her bond by possessing a gun and consuming alcohol.

In court documents, they say Tonya Couch possessed a gun on June 24 and consumed alcohol on May 20 in violation of the terms of her bond. She’s been free pending trial on charges of hindering apprehension of a felon and money laundering.

Her son Ethan Couch is serving two years in jail as a condition of his 10 years’ probation for killing four people in a 2013 drunken-driving crash. At trial, a psychologist blamed “affluenza” — acting irresponsibly due to wealth — for his actions.

He and his mother fled to Mexico in 2015 after video surfaced apparently showing him at a party with alcohol — a probation violation.

 

© 2017 Associated Press


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