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Judge orders no jail for teen in fatal car wreck

Updated Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 | 4:05 p.m.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A judge has decided to give no jail time to a Texas teenager in a drunken-driving crash that killed four people.

Ethan Couch was given 10 years' probation for the wreck last year that also severely injured two people.

But he was back in court Wednesday after prosecutors requested jail time on charges related to the two people who were injured.

Judge Jean Boyd issued the original sentence and made Wednesday's ruling.

The original 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."