Texas court won't release 'affluenza' defendant from jail

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) " Lawyers who used an "affluenza" defense for a Texas teenager in a fatal 2013 drunken-driving wreck have failed to secure his release from jail.

The Texas Supreme Court denied the request Thursday for 20-year-old Ethan Couch, who was 16 when his crash killed four people near Fort Worth.

Couch received 10 years' probation after pleading guilty to intoxication manslaughter and other juvenile charges. A defense expert used the term "affluenza" during trial, suggesting Couch was coddled into a sense of irresponsibility by his wealthy parents.

After an online video appeared to show Couch at a party where people were drinking, Couch and his mother briefly fled to Mexico in December 2015. A judge then moved the case to adult court, ruled Couch violated his probation and imposed the jail sentence that Couch's attorneys challenged.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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