Entitlement seems to really have its privileges. Affluenza teen Ethan Couch not only got away with vehicular manslaughter by getting probation, but he felt confident enough to throw himself a going away party before fleeing the country and evading arrest. Allegedly, his mother, Tonya Couch knew about this party as she was plotting their get away together.
According to the Inquisitr, Ethan and Tonya Couch were picked up yesterday in Mexico after they had been on the run for over two weeks. The sheriff from the Texas town where the crime occurred had promised that the teen, whose affluenza defense got him probation after his drunk and drugged driving killed four people and injured several more, would be recovered and brought to justice, and hopefully this time, be charged as an adult. Sheriff Dee Anderson has also said that Tonya Couch also should be charged for aiding and abetting Ethan Couch’s flight to Mexico.
CBS News is reporting that Ethan and Tonya Couch had a going away party before fleeing the country and avoiding the hearing for a probation violation. At a press conference, Sheriff Dee Anderson said that they now have proof that Ethan Couch planned to go on the run.
“We learned from some interviews what we had expected all along, that they had planned to disappear, that they even had something akin to a going away party before they left town,” Anderson said.
Ethan Couch’s attorney said that he has no statement until he is able to speak with his client.
“We do not anticipate being able to do so unless and until he arrives in the United States,” said Scott Brown and William Reagan Wynn. “Until we have more information concerning this situation, it would not be prudent for us to make any further public statement.”
The D.A.’s office wants to move the Couch case from juvenile court to adult criminal court.
“Our request of the court is going to be to transfer his probation to the adult court, and deal with him in the adult system, where we no longer have to be concerned about the best interests of the child,” Wilson said Tuesday.
The New York Times confirms that a going away party took place in advance of Couch’s leaving town before the probation violation hearing. Sheriff Anderson is disgusted by Couch family behavior.
“The information meant that what we suspected had happened, that it was carefully planned and timed to get out of the country.”
And Anderson is pleased that Tonya Couch is now going to be charged too.
“We have now had an arrest warrant issued for Tonya Couch for hindering apprehension,” he added.
It is rare that the police and District Attorney get another bite at the metaphorical apple when a defendant gets a light sentence, but with Ethan Couch, they just might get a chance to put him where he belongs. In prison.
“Go talk to those four families who lost loved ones and who spent Christmas without their loved ones because he decided to drink three times the legal limit of alcohol and drive recklessly and kill four innocent people,” Sheriff Anderson said. “The details of the crime, and then the lack of justice in the sentence, outraged people in this area in a way that I haven’t ever seen people outraged. There was a strong, strong public demand for him to be brought to justice.”
Tarrant County prosecutors and residents will happily get another chance to punish Ethan Couch, and now, likely Tonya Couch for helping her son flee prosecution.
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