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Teen given probation for fatal wreck due in court

Updated Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 | 4:32 a.m.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Texas teenager sentenced to probation for a drunken-driving crash that killed four people is expected back in court.

A Wednesday hearing is scheduled in the case of Ethan Couch, who was given 10 years' probation for the wreck last year that also severely injured two people. Couch was 16 at the time.

The sentence stirred fierce debate, as has a defense expert who says Couch's wealthy parents coddled him into a sense of irresponsibility. The expert termed the condition "affluenza."

Judge Jean Boyd issued the original sentence, but has not ruled on a prosecution request to give Couch jail time on charges related to the two people who were injured.

She also hasn't decided whether to send Couch to a pricey California rehab facility, as his attorneys have requested.