CRIME

'Affluenza' teen's mom avoids jail after alleged bond violations with gun, beer

A judge on Thursday chose not to revoke bond for the mother of the Texas teen who claimed "affluenza" in a deadly drunken-driving crash, after prosecutors say the mom violated the terms of her bond.

Tonya Couch, 50, was accused of possessing a gun at a show on June 24 and drinking alcohol on May 20, prosecutors said. She appeared before the judge in Tarrant County. 

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Judge Wayne Salvant decided not to send Couch to jail for drinking beer or going to a gun show, but told her: “The eyes of Texas are looking upon you,” Fox 4 reported.

She has been free pending trial on charges of hindering apprehension of a felon and money laundering. Her son, Ethan, killed four people in a 2013 drunken-driving crash and used "affluenza" as a defense.

She and her son Ethan, now 20, escaped to Mexico in 2015 after a video surfaced that apparently showed him at a party and drinking alcohol, a violation of his probation. Both were arrested at the resort town of Puerto Vallarta and sent back to the U.S.

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Her bond previously allowed her to handle alcohol but not drink it, but Salvant made her bond stricter by prohibiting her from drinking and possessing it. Bond tends a bar at the Honky Tonk Woman in suburban Fort Worth, Texas.

The Couch family made headlines in 2013 after a psychologist hired by the defense blamed “affluenza” – acting irresponsibly due to wealth, was the cause of Ethan's actions.

He is serving two years in jail as a condition of his 10 years’ probation.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.