Ethan Couch
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Ethan Couch, the Texas teen who used the now infamous "affluenza" defense after a 2013 drunken driving crash killed four people and seriously injured two others, is set to serve nearly two years in prison.

Couch was sentenced in April, but a judge allowed his legal team to prepare a defense against the order. On Tuesday the judge ruled that Couch would have to serve 720 days behind bars.

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"After years of heartbreak, this is a small victory," Colleen Sheehey-Church, the national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, said in a statement, CNN reports.

Couch's jail time is the latest development in a series of twists since the 2012 crash.

In 2013 Couch's lawyers argued successfully that Couch suffered from "affluenza," a so-called affliction of wealth that his attorneys argued caused Couch to have difficulty understanding the consequences of his actions. Couch was given 10 years' probation and allowed to walk free.

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Less than a year later, images of Couch at a beer-pong party surfaced on social media. If Couch was caught drinking, that would be a violation of his probation. Shortly after the party photos emerged, Couch and his mother fled the country and were found weeks later in a town in Mexico. Couch was sent back to the U.S. and his case was moved to adult court.  

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