The mother of ‘Affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch has been deported from Mexico while her criminal son fights against his extradition. Just hours after her son won a temporary stay in his extradition, Tonya Couch was back in the United States.
Two days after Tonya Couch and her son, convicted killer Ethan Couch, were arrested in Mexico, she was deported and put on a flight from Guadalajara to Los Angeles on December 30. Her extradition begs the question of whether or not Ethan, who was granted a temporary stay of his extradition, will be set to return to the United States after violating his probation and leaving the country.
What a crazy chase! Authorities had spent three weeks searching for Tonya and Ethan after it was reported that he violated the terms of his probation and fled the country. Arrested after ordering Dominos pizza to their condo in Puerto Vallarta on December 29, Tonya has been deported, and could face a maximum 10 year sentence in prison on charges of hindering an apprehension. Woah.
Both Tonya and Ethan were fighting to stop their extradition; while officials hoped to see the pair in court by December 30, their lawyer filed an “amparo,” which is an appeal that blocks government action. But now that Tonya has been taken back to the United States, does that mean Ethan’s going to be next?
The “affluenza” teen was named so after he killed four people in 2013 while driving under the influence of alcohol and attempted to plead not guilty with a case of “affluenza” — an apparent psychological ailment that affects wealthy and privileged individuals suffering from guilt and isolation because of their upbringing; Ethan allegedly couldn’t tell right from wrong. Yeah, that didn’t work.
Since Ethan broke his sentencing of 10 years probation, he now faces a jail sentence: 120 days in jail. On top of that, he’ll likely receive 10 more years probation for violating his parole. This is all because a video surfaced of Ethan playing beer pong with his friends, a direct violation of his parole: no illicit substances allowed, especially when his crime was drunk driving. He and his mother apparently left after the video became public, and now they both may be in even bigger trouble than when they started. Is it possible that Tonya may receive more jail time than her “affluenza” teen?
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