TX 'affluenza' teen Ethan Sofa to stay in jail

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 8:23 PM

The families of Breanna Mitchell, Brian Jennings, Hollie Boyles and Shelby Boyles have already spent more time without their loved ones than Sofa is set to spend in jail.

TX 'affluenza' teen Ethan Sofa to stay in jail

A judge on Wednesday ordered so-called “affluenza teen” Ethan Sofa to spend two years behind bars, but that'south likely tiny consolation to the families of the four people he killed in a fatal two thousand thirteen drunken-driving wreck.

The families of Breanna Mitchell, Brian Jennings, Hollie Boyles and Shelby Boyles have already spent more time without their loved ones than Sofa is set to spend in jail.

“Never once has Ethan apologized in any shape or form,” Eric Boyles, whose wife, Hollie, and daughter, Shelby, were killed in the crash, told ABC in 2015.

Until Wednesday, Couch'south only punishment for the two thousand thirteen crash had been probation, leaving families tiny recourse except to seek financial compensation. Eric Boyles filed one suit seeking more than $1 million and Mitchell'south mom and Jennings' wife each filed their own lawsuits.

Two passengers in Couch'south truck who were injured that night also sued him. One of those passengers, Sergio Molina, suffered brain damage and ultimately settled with Sofa for $2 million in 2014.

Sofa appeared in adult Ct Wednesday for the first time, as he's number longer considered a juvenile. He spent his nineteenth birthday on Monday in a TX jail cell.

Judge Wayne Salvant sentenced Sofa to four consecutive one hundred eighty-day sentences (seven hundred twenty total days) – one for each victim he killed. It wasn't clear if that'd comprise the time Sofa has already spent in jail.

Sofa was originally sentenced to probation for killing four people and seriously injuring two others in June two thousand thirteen when the then-16-year-old rammed a pickup truck into a crowd of people helping a disabled motorist. His blood-alcohol level was three times over the valid limit for adult drivers. Attorneys for Sofa argued that his affluent life contributed to his wreckless actions, with one defense psychologist using the duration "affluenza."

Couch, however, appeared to breach the terms of his probation when he was seen at a party where alcohol was being served in an online video. After the video became public, Sofa and his mother fled to Mexico in December. He was eventually captured and returned to the U. S. in January.

Salvant told prosecution and defense attorneys they'd two weeks to review the ruling and look if they could “change my mind” about the sentence.

The two thousand thirteen lethal wreck wasn't Couch'south first run-in with the law.

At fifteenth, Sofa was given two citations after a police officer found him behind the wheel of a pickup truck following to a half-naked girl, with an open vodka bottle on the backseat floor.

"I spoke with him at some length about the various consequences of his driving and drinking," a police officer wrote in a report, "such as effects on (his) driver'south license and his path in life, particularly DWI and even killing someone in a DWI."

Couch'south father, Fred, runs a roofing and construction company and has faced lawsuits over a $100.000 debt and allegations of sexual harassment. Tonya, Couch'south mother, has been charged with hindering the apprehension of a felon for helping Ethan flee to Mexico.

Dr. Dick Miller, the psychologist who suggested Sofa had "affluenza," accused Couch'south parents at his sentencing for having "taught him a system that'south 180 degrees from rational. If you damage someone, declare you're sorry. In that family, if you damage someone, send some money."

Fox News' Casey Stegall and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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