‘Affluenza’ teen’s deportation to U.S. imminent: lawyer

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The Mexican lawyer for Ethan Couch, the wealthy Texas youth known as the “affluenza” teen who killed four people in a drunk driving incident in 2013, says his client will be extradited back to the United States from Mexico to face probation violation charges “in the next couple of days”. Nathan Frandino reports.

‘Affluenza’ teen’s deportation to U.S. imminent: lawyer

“Affluenza” teen Ethan Couch is coming home.

After being arrested in Mexico last month, the 18 year old from Texas has dropped his legal fight against deportation, which his attorney Fernando Benitez says is now imminent.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ETHAN COUCH’S ATTORNEY, FERNANDO BENITEZ, SAYING:

“And the suspension has been lifted. So there is no more legal hindrance that would impede the immigration authority in Mexico from continuing with the deportation procedure action against him, which we expect to happen in the next couple of days.”

Couch had been sentenced to 10 years of probation after he killed four people in a 2013 drunk driving incident.

A psychologist then said in his defense that Couch was so spoiled he couldn’t tell the difference between right or wrong…that he was afflicted with what he called “affluenza”

But that was two years ago.

Couch has since fled to Mexico, after allegedly violating the terms of his probation by attending a party serving alcohol.

His mother, who helped him flee, has since been returned and faces a third-degree felony charge.

As for Couch, Benitez says all that’s left for him is logistics.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ETHAN COUCH’S ATTORNEY, FERNANDO BENITEZ, SAYING:

“The government needs to secure transportation to the border and needs to communicate with the authorities in Texas to receive him.”

Couch could face additional charges if he is found to have violated his probation.

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