A Texas judge on Wednesday ruled that Ethan Couch, known as the “affluenza teen,” must serve out his two-year jail sentence.
Couch’s lawyers tried to argue that Judge Wayne Salvant exceeded the court’s authority in April when he ordered their client to “spend 180 days in jail for each of the four people he killed in 2013 when he rammed a pickup truck into a crowd of people helping a motorist,” reports the New York Daily News.
But Salvant upheld the order and canceled a May 16 hearing on the matter, the report says.
The judge also set several conditions for Couch’s probation when he does leave jail. Couch will not be allowed to drink, use drugs or drive, and he will be required to meet regularly with a community supervision officer.
In June 2013, at age 16, Ethan Couch was driving drunk and speeding when he crashed into a disabled SUV on the side of the road, killing four people and injuring nine others. Many of the victims had been helping the woman whose SUV had stalled, others were in Ethan Couch’s pickup truck.
The 16-year-old’s blood-alcohol level was three times the legal limit for an adult and there were traces of Valium in his system.
Couch and his mother fled to Mexico in December, a violation of his probation. He was extradited back to the U.S. in January, and his case was transferred from juvenile court to the adult legal system on April 11.