Tonya left Guadalajara on Wednesday and will arrived in Los Angeles where the U.S Marshals Service will take her into custody, according to Mexican authorities.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
December 30, 2015
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico – Mexican federal authorities have confirmed that Tonya Couch, 48, has been deported to the U.S. Tonya was placed on a flight from Guadalajara to Los Angeles where the U.S. Marshals Service will take her into custody on Thursday morning. Tonya will then be taken to Texas to face one felony count for hindering apprehension of her son, Ethan A. Couch, 18, aka, “Affluenza” who was wanted in Tarrant County in Texas for violating probation. Couch was convicted two years ago for driving under the influence of alcohol and killing four people and seriously injured two other victims in a crash in Burleson, just South of Fort Worth. He was given 9 months probation.
Couch and his mother went missing last month after a video surfaced showing him at a teen beer pong party.
Tonya was arrested along with Couch in Puerto Vallarta after giving false statements and names, according to Mexican authorities in Jalisco.
Couch is facing a petition to transfer his juvenile conviction and sentence to adult court in Tarrant County. Tonya is facing a felony charge for hindering apprehension and if convicted, she is facing from 2 to 10 years in prison.
Couch’s attorney filed for a stay from a voluntary departure and will remain in Mexico for an extra three days. Both Tonya and Couch’s tourist Mexican visas expired and were being held by Mexican immigration authorities in Jalisco.
The U.S. will seek an extradition request for Couch, if he refuses to return to Texas.