Tonya Couch won't face jail time

Tonya Couch won't go to jail over alleged bond violations.

The mother of "affluenza teen" Ethan Couch was in court Thursday, accused of drinking alcohol and carrying a gun, both in violation of her bond.

On Thursday it was decided that Couch will not go to jail for the alleged violations, but she now has slightly tightened conditions. She cannot consume or possess alcohol, and she will now have to go to once-a-week probation meetings.

The bond was set when authorities say she helped son Ethan escape to Mexico 18 months ago. She withdrew $30,000 from a bank account as the two fled the country. Charges of money laundering and hindering the apprehension of a felon were filed against her.

Ethan Couch gained national infamy when he killed four people in a drunk driving crash in 2013, at the age of 16. His attorneys used the now-famous “affluenza” defense, claiming Couch didn’t know the difference between right and wrong because his wealthy upbringing.

He remains in jail, serving a 720-day sentence.

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