'Affluenza Teen' Ethan Couch Sentenced to Jail for Two Years

04/13/2016 AT 02:15 PM EDT

A Texas judge sentenced Ethan Couch, the so-called "affluenza teen" who killed four pedestrians in a drunk driving accident in 2013, to two years in jail on Wednesday, PEOPLE confirms.

Law enforcement officials tell PEOPLE Couch will likely appeal State District Judge Wayne Salvant's decision to send Couch to jail for 720 days – one six-month sentence for each of the four people he killed. Couch, who turned 19, appeared in adult court for the first time because he is no longer considered a juvenile.

Couch was 16 at the time of the accident and received a 10-year probationary sentence from a juvenile court justice, prohibiting from consuming alcohol. • Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Click here to get breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases in the True Crime Newsletter.

But prosecutors contend that Couch violated his probation – allegations supported by online video footage from last December seemingly showing Couch at a party where alcohol was served.

Late last year, Couch and his mother fled to Mexico, spending weeks on the run before authorities tracked them to an apartment in Puerto Vallarta after one of them used a cell phone to call Domino's Pizza.

Couch has been in the custody of Texas police since January 28 after being extradited from Mexico. He was transferred to an adult jail after spending a week in a juvenile detention center.

Couch's mother, Tonya Couch, has been charged by Texas authorities with hindering the apprehension of her fugitive son.

She is out on $75,000 bail. The terms of her release call for Couch to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet and live in the home of her older son.

Sources tell PEOPLE that Salvant did not sentence Couch on Wednesday, but merely enforced the terms of his probation, which called for a maximum of six months behind bars for each criminal count he pleaded guilty to.

Couch was initially spared jail time and sentenced to probation after his defense attorney used the defense that Couch suffered from "affluenza" – an inability to understand the consequences of his actions because of his wealthy upbringing.

Couch will be back in court in two weeks, officials confirm.
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