Ethan Couch will be heading back to the United States in less than a month, and it looks like his luck is running out.
The 18-year-old — who killed four pedestrians in 2013 but got off due to his “affluenza” — has been detained in Mexico since late December after fleeing the country once a video surfaced showing him breaking his probation at a party.
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Scott Brown, Ethan’s lawyer, said that Couch’s attorney in Mexico filed documents on Sunday looking to lift the injunction that has kept him South of the border.
The attorney said in a statement:
“It is our understanding that paperwork has been filed by Ethan’s counsel in Mexico that will terminate the ongoing Mexican immigration proceedings. We believe that this will result in Ethan’s return to the United States within the next few weeks.”
Ethan and his mother Tonya Couch were detained in Mexico after spending three days in the resort town Puerto Vallarta.
Tonya was brought back to the states, but Ethan was allowed to stay in the country after a Mexican court granted him a delay in deportation since he entered the country illegally.
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Ethan’s attorney also said that once he arrives back to Texas, he will attend a hearing on February 19 on whether his case will be transferred from the juvenile to the adult system. Brown added:
“As was stated yesterday in open court, the hearing on the State’s Motion to Transfer to an appropriate District Court has been reset. We further anticipate that, with Ethan personally present for the proceedings, the Court will lawfully transfer Ethan’s probation to an appropriate Tarrant County District Court.”
Since Ethan turns 19 in April, it’s likely he will finish out his 10-year probation under adult court supervision. This means if he were to violate his probation again, he could face up to 10 years in prison per death.
That’s 40 years!
Sounds like Ethan won’t be getting off too easy anymore!
[Image via Jalisco St. Prosecutor’s Office.]