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Mom of 'Affluenza' Teen Gets Break on House Arrest

by The Associated Press /
On the left U.S. national Ethan Couch is pictured in this undated handout photograph made available to Reuters on December 29, 2015 by the Jalisco state prosecutor office, Mexico. And on the right, Tonya Couch is seen in an undated handout picture released by the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office in Fort Worth, Texas.
On the left U.S. national Ethan Couch is pictured in this undated handout photograph made available to Reuters on December 29, 2015 by the Jalisco state prosecutor office, Mexico. And on the right, Tonya Couch is seen in an undated handout picture released by the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office in Fort Worth, Texas. Reuters

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A Texas judge gave the mother of Texas “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch a break Monday on the conditions of her house arrest.

Tonya Couch was charged in January with hindering the apprehension of a felon and money laundering after she and her son fled to Mexico and were the subject of an international manhunt.

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A Fort Worth judge permitted her to leave home for a job search and to meet with her lawyers in person.

Ethan Couch, 19, earned his notorious nickname after causing a drunk driving accident that killed four people in 2013. A defense expert claimed he suffered from “affluenza,” an unrecognized condition that diminished the teen’s sense of responsibility.

Ethan Couch, whose blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit, was sentenced to 10 years of probation.

In December, he was accused of violating the terms of his sentence when an online video appeared to show him at a party where alcohol was served.

After initially appealing his deportation to the U.S., Ethan Couch returned in January and a judge later sentenced him to two years in jail.

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