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Tonya Couch, the mother of a Texas teen who used an "affluenza" defense in a drunken wreck, leaves Tarrant County Jail in Fort Worth, Tx., on Jan. 12, 2016.
Brandon Wade—AP

The mother of the Texas “affluenza” teen has had her curfew restrictions lightened after helping her son flee the country.

In 2013, Ethan Couch infamously got a light sentence of probation and therapy for killing four people in a drunk driving incident after a psychologist testified that he suffered from “affluenza” and was unable to distinguish between wrong and right because he’d been spoiled by wealth.

Two years later, he and his mother Tonya violated his probation and fled to Mexico, where they were apprehended in Puerto Vallarta after a two-week manhunt. The mother was charged with aiding his flight and money laundering. She posted bond in January. Her lawyer said the terms of her curfew have now been eased in order for her to find work, but he did not elaborate on the conditions, Reuters reports.

Ethan is now serving a two-year jail sentence.


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