Transcript for Parents of Affluent Teen Drunk Driver Put Under Intense Scrutiny
We have an update on the texas teen that killed four people while driving drunk but got no jail time. His healthy parents are coming under intense scrutiny. They've had trouble with the law in the past, as well. Thanks to ethan couch's controversial defense that affluence impaired the boy's moral judgment. Reena ninan has the story. Reporter: New developments in the case of ethan couch. The d.'S office will push once again for the teen's incarceration. Saying the 16-year-old admitted his guilt in four cases of intoxication manslaughter and two cases of intoxication assault. There's been no verdict formally entered. Every case deserves a verdict. The teen's defense, a psychologist testified that ethan couch, suffered from affluenza, saying he was too wealthy to understand that actions have real consequences. Now, the doctor regrets that assessment. Telling cnn's anderson cooper -- I wish I didn't use that term. Reporter: The judge ordered couch to ten years probation, and a year at outside rehab for treatment, away from his family. Also this morning, the newly-released mug shots of couch's parents. Abc news has learned that both parents had a number of priest charges of alleged misdemeanors. Most of them traffic-related. The mother, tonya had five. And the father, fred, 22 incidents, from as far back as 1989. Some of them dismissed. Others, paid with fines. There are dumb people who get away with stuff. And his parents maybe need to do a little talking, as well. Reporter: And there's more legal action pending for the family. The parents face civil lawsuits from the families of the victims. A lot to look into there. The weather and ginger zee.
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