Tonya Couch's bond reduced to $75k from $1 million

Tonya Couch Hearing

- Tonya Couch, the mother of the infamous affluenza teen, had her bond significantly reduced on Monday.

A Tarrant County judge dropped her bond to $75,000 from $1 million.

"We're talking about a 3rd degree felony. We are not talking about a capital murder," said Judge Wayne Salvant. “I just don’t believe from everything I’ve heard today it should be a million dollars.”

If Tonya Couch is able to make bond, she will have numerous conditions the judge said.

The conditions of being out on bond include: reporting to a probation officer immediately, must live with her other son in Tarrant County, stay at that house 24 hours per day except for legal or medical appointments, not use illegal substances, not use alcohol, submit to drug testing, not purchase or have firearms, have an electronic monitor, pay a $60 per month fee.

Tonya Couch was not expected to be able to post bond and leave jail until Tuesday morning at the earliest.

Couch spent the weekend in the Tarrant County jail after returning to North Texas from California. She’s charged with hindering the apprehension of her son, Ethan Couch.

Investigators believe they fled to Mexico in December as Tarrant County prosecutors tried to determine if Ethan violated his probation. A video posted online appeared to show Ethan Couch at a party where beer pong was being played.

Ethan received 10 years of probation for a drunken driving crash that killed four people and injured several others in 2013.  During the trial a defense expert testified that Ethan suffered from affluenza - he had been coddled too much by his wealthy parents.


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