LBN’s Ryan Gaumont reports that Ethan Couch’s mother has now entered the legal system herself. Last week, Tonya Couch was deported from Mexico and sent back to the United States. She was sent to Los Angeles, where she will remain until officers take her to Texas, probably this week. She has been charged in Tarrant County with hindering an apprehension, a felony charge that carries a two- to 10-year prison sentence, and is being held on a $1 million bond.
Son Ethan Couch, the “affluenza” teenager, remains in jail after being captured in December (LBN report December 29, 2015). Couch has not consented to extradition. In fact, his lawyers have filed a writ to seek protection and block his exportation. He is being represented by high-profile Mexican lawyer Fernando Benitez.
Assuming that Couch is eventually sent back to the U.S., he will not face serious punishment for his violation of his parole. Tarrant County District Attorney Sharen Wilson says that Couch will face a maximum of 120 days in jail in a juvenile facility. When he turns nineteen, which will happen very soon, he will be released from custody.
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