Couch originally avoided jail time for a fatal drunk-driving incident by arguing he was the victim of his own privileged upbringing. He will be required to complete a four-year degree at the University of Montemorelos to avoid incarceration for his international escapade.
“We are hoping that going to college in a foreign country will broaden Ethan’s horizons,” said US juvenile corrections spokesperson Manny Intercambio. “American privilege carries a lot less weight abroad so if Ethan truly does suffer from “affluenza,” Montemorelos may be just the kick in the rear he needs.”
Intercambio said that the school’s zero tolerance policy on alcohol comsumption was one of the reasons Montemorelos was selected as a place for Couch to serve his time. “Also, Montemorelos feels a lot like prison,” he said.
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