White privilege finally ends for affluenza killer Ethan Couch

Ethan Couch-Affluenza" playing drinking game in violation of probation (Image Source YouTube Screen shot)
Ethan Couch-Affluenza” playing drinking game in violation of probation (Image Source YouTube Screen shot)

For those people who don’t believe in White privilege, it will be hard to explain the case of Ethan Couch. Couch received notoriety for his lenient sentence in the death of four people while driving drunk in 2013. The judge in the case sentenced Couch to rehab and 10 years probation because he suffered from “affluenza.” His lawyers claimed that Couch lived such a privileged lifestyle that he was unaware of the consequences of his actions. As part of his sentencing, he was ordered not to consume alcohol or be in places where alcohol is present. However, this did not stop Couch from participating in a game of beer pong in a video that was released online a month ago.

Knowing that he violated the terms of his probation, Couch went on the run with his mother and was hunted by Texas and federal authorities for missing a meeting with his probation officer when an investigation was launched by law enforcement. Now, word has come that the teen not only fled but had a going away party with friends and family. The search for Couch triggered an international manhunt for him and his mother that has finally ended.

Couch was arrested in the luxury beach destination of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico along with his mother. Mexican officials arrested Couch and his mother Tonya Couch over immigration charges and now U.S. Marshalls are working on extraditing the pair back to the United States to face criminal charges. Because of the probation violation, Couch now faces 20 years in prison over the deaths of four people for driving under the influence.  When he was finally apprehended, he had tried to change his appearance by dying his hair, but strangely he decided to keep his beard.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.

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