Until Wednesday, Couch's only punishment for the 2013 crash had been probation, leaving families little recourse except to seek financial compensation. He had been in juvenile detention since January 28, when he was returned to Fort Worth after evading authorities for more than a month in Mexico.
Salvant earlier said he would not rule on Couch's jail time immediately. Couch recently turned 19 this Monday, and he has received 10 years of probation in juvenile court after the crash incident, where his lawyer used the "Affluenza" defensive move to avoid jail time for Couch, but now no "Affluenza" can get him out for a long time.
Couch was 16 when he smashed his truck into a crowd of people helping a motorist with a disabled vehicle.
Killed were Breanna Mitchell, 24, of Lillian, whose auto had broken down; Hollie Boyles, 52, and Shelby Boyles, 21, who lived nearby and had come outside to help Mitchell; and Burleson youth minister Brian Jennings, 41, a passer-by who had also stopped to help. The case garnered worldwide headlines when it was revealed that a psychologist hired by the defense testified that the teen was a product of "affluenza," a term used to explain that Ethan's irresponsible behavior was based on his affluent upbringing.
Couch's case was transferred from juvenile court to the adult legal system on April 11 - on his 19th birthday. Police said his blood alcohol level was three times the limit and that he had traces of Valium in his system.
As reported by CNN, authorities later learned Ethan Couch and his mother fled to Mexico after a video emerged of the teen partying and consuming alcohol - which was prohibited per the terms of his probation.
After a video later surfaced that indicated Couch violated those terms, he and his mother fled to Mexico. Texas State District Judge Wayne Salvant's sentenced Couch to a rehab stint and 10 years' probation. Couch has been in custody ever since.
The charges stem from a 2013 drunk-driving crash that left four dead.
Ethan Couch's luck has finally run out! Basically, psychologist G. Dick Miller said that Couch was unable to anticipate the consequences of his actions for himself or others because his wealthy parents never set any boundaries for him as he was growing up. "In that family, if you hurt someone, send some money".