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(DALLAS) — “Affluenza” teen Ethan Couch will stay for now at a Texas juvenile facility until a judge decides what to do with him. Ethan arrived in Texas Thursday following his arrest in Mexico a month ago.

Couch, who wore a tan jumpsuit, made a brief appearance at court Friday morning.

A representative for the District Attorney said the judge will either decide to transfer Couch to adult jail or keep him at the juvenile facility. A decision will be made later Friday.

Tarrant County (TX) Sheriff Dee Anderson said Thursday, “Now justice can be served for those four victims and their families.”

The attorneys representing Couch have said they expect he will “comply with all court-imposed terms” and “successfully complete his term of probation.”

“Now that Ethan is back in Tarrant County and will be personally present in court at the upcoming hearing on the State’s Motion to Transfer, we anticipate that the court will lawfully transfer his probation to an appropriate Tarrant County District Court with adult criminal jurisdiction,” his attorneys Scott Brown and Wm. Reagan Wynn said in a statement released to ABC News Thursday. “Under the law, the transfer will become effective upon Ethan’s nineteenth birthday in April.”

“We are optimistic that, going forward, Ethan will comply with all court-imposed terms and conditions and that he will successfully complete his term of probation,” the statement said.

Ethan and his mother Tonya Couch sparked an international manhunt after he allegedly failed to appear at a court-mandated meeting with a probation officer.

Ethan Couch was put on probation in 2013 after killing four people while driving drunk.

During Ethan’s sentencing in the drunken-driving trial, a psychologist hired by the defense testified that the teen was a product of “affluenza” — a term he used to describe Ethan’s irresponsible lifestyle associated with his affluent upbringing.

Ethan had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit on the night of the crash.

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