Judge reduces bond for mother of ‘affluenza’ teen

Tonya Couch, second from right, is escorted into Tarrant County Jail in Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. Couch, mother of a fugitive teenager known for using an "affluenza" defense in a deadly drunken-driving case, waived extradition and was sent to Texas from California to face a charge of helping her son evade capture. (Paul Moseley/Star-Telegram via AP, Pool)
Tonya Couch, second from right, is escorted into Tarrant County Jail in Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. Couch, mother of a fugitive teenager known for using an "affluenza" defense in a deadly drunken-driving case, waived extradition and was sent to Texas from California to face a charge of helping her son evade capture. (Paul Moseley/Star-Telegram via AP, Pool)

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A judge has sharply reduced the bond of the mother of a Texas teenager who used an “affluenza” defense after killing four people in a drunken wreck.

Tonya Couch’s new bond was set Monday at $75,000, down from $1 million.

Tonya Couch was brought back to Texas last week after being caught with 18-year-old Ethan Couch in the Mexican resort town of Puerto Vallarta. She’s now charged with hindering the apprehension of a felon.

State District Judge Wayne Salvant said Monday that her original bond was too high for the charge she faces. Salvant ordered Couch to wear a GPS monitor if she posts bond.

Ethan Couch, who remains in a Mexico City detention facility, drunkenly crashed into a crowd of people in June 2013, killing four people. He received 10 years’ probation.

The case drew widespread derision after an expert called by Couch’s lawyers argued Couch had been coddled into a sense of irresponsibility by his wealthy parents, a condition the expert called “affluenza.”

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