The mother of a Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense after he killed four people in a drunken-driving crash has been released from home confinement.
Tonya Couch is charged with hindering apprehension of a felon and money laundering. She and her son Ethan fled to Mexico last year after video surfaced apparently showing him at a party with alcohol — a probation violation.
A judge said Tuesday that Tonya Couch no longer need be under house arrest, but must wear an electronic monitor and not consume alcohol or drugs while awaiting trial.
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According to TMZ, Couch was cleared to work in June and currently tends bar at the Honky Tonk Woman Saloon in Azle.
At trial, a psychologist blamed "affluenza" — acting irresponsibly due to wealth — for Ethan Couch's actions. He is serving nearly two years in jail for the 2013 fatal crash.