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Couch, now 20, is due to be released within weeks after serving less than two years in jail, and the best friend of one of his victims, chaplain tim williams — who has been visiting couch behind bars — believes he finally understands the severity of his actions.

“he told me, ‘I don’t want to scam the system anymore. I don’t want to figure out how I can get around my probation. I just want to do what I need to do.’ I was astonished. I didn’t anticipate that,” mr williams told the daily mail.

The 43-year-old’s best friend, brian jennings, was one of couch’s four victims in the 2013 horror smash near fort worth, texas. Couch, then 16, had been drinking heavily when he got behind the wheel of a truck with six friends in the open tray.Daily mail

He smashed into the side of an SUV stopped by the side of the road with a blown tyre, killing four people — the driver, 24-year-old breanna mitchell, and three people who had come to her aid, mr jennings, and mother-and-daughter hollie and shelby boyles.


Couch was found to have a blood-alcohol level three times the adult limit. He pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter and other charges but received 10 years’ probation after his legal team successfully argued the teen suffered from “affluenza”.

The condition, which is not a recognised medical diagnosis, allegedly meant couch couldn’t tell right from wrong because his wealthy parents had coddled him into a sense of irresponsibility by always giving him everything he wanted.Best friend

His lawyers argued while he had an intellectual age of 18, he had an emotional age of 12. The use of the term “affluenza” drew widespread derision and the lenient sentence was criticised.

After a video emerged online of couch playing beer pong, in breach of his probation conditions which barred him from drinking alcohol, he and his mother fled to mexico in december 2015.

They were found a few weeks later in the resort city of puerto vallarta after police detected one of their mobile phones ordering a domino’s pizza. During his time on the run, couch was allegedly spotted a local strip club snorting cocaine.

Mr williams said he had worked in the family court system but decided to work with prisoners so he could meet the man who killed his best friend.Don’t want

“I was very upset at what I thought was a terrible injustice,” he said. “you shouldn’t get probation at any age for wilfully stealing and then drinking and driving. It was intentional decision after decision after decision.

“in my view, the idea of ‘affluenza’ is a joke. I’m not sure that there is an opposite term that says you can get away with things if you are too poor. It is a huge error of thought.

“I told him I’m not coming here to yell or fix you, I don’t know where this is going. I told him I had asked myself over and over and over why would I do this. I had talked to my wife, my guy friends, my pastor. There is still no real clear answer today as to why I felt the need to meet him.Daily mail

“I told him I didn’t know if we would meet again or meet long-term, but that my hope and prayer was that we would meet today and that we would meet another time so I asked if we could meet again, and he said okay.”

He told the daily mail couch “just oozed arrogance” for the first 18 months or so — but one day in october everything changed, when the young man said he was ready to accept mr williams’ forgiveness.

“I believe he is genuine in what he says,” he said. “I believe ethan is on a good journey. But he will carry this weight that continues to burden him.

“he has expressed some desire to assist others. My impression is he has no wish to go and do the big stuff but rather just to say, ‘hey, kids, don’t do what I did.Meet again don’t think like I thought. Don’t believe you’re going to get away with it.’”