‘Affluenza’ teen heading home

FILE - This Dec. 28, 2015, file photo, released by Mexico's Jalisco state prosecutor's office shows who authorities identify as Ethan Couch, after he was taken into custody in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The Mexican lawyer for Couch said Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, that his client has dropped an appeal against deportation and will return to Texas to face charges. (Mexico's Jalisco state prosecutor's office via AP, File)
FILE – This Dec. 28, 2015, file photo, released by Mexico’s Jalisco state prosecutor’s office shows who authorities identify as Ethan Couch, after he was taken into custody in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. (Mexico’s Jalisco state prosecutor’s office via AP, File)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The teenager known for his “affluenza” defense has been put on a plane to Texas, after a month-long stay in Mexico.

Immigration authorities today put Ethan Couch aboard a commercial flight home. He and his mother fled Texas for Mexico as authorities in Texas investigated whether he had violated his probation in a fatal drunken-driving case — in which his lawyers claimed that a pampered upbringing had left him without a sense of responsibility.

His mother was quickly sent back to the U.S. after their arrest in the resort of Puerto Vallarta last month. She was released after posting bail.

Mexican officials say that upon his arrival in Dallas, the 18-year-old “will be met by U.S. authorities and face various charges.”

 

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