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PHOTOS: The Luxury $450K a Year Rehab Center Where 'Affluenza' Teen Will Stay as Punishment for Killing 4 People in Drunken Crash

Plus: How the DA in Texas is trying a second time to send the teenager to jail.

Screengrab via the Daily Mail

FORT WORTH, Texas (TheBlaze/AP) -- North Texas prosecutors are trying a second time to imprison a teen who was sentenced last week to 10 years' probation for drunkenly driving his truck into four pedestrians, killing them all.

There has been widespread outrage over the sentencing, which will allow 16-year-old Ethan Couch, who has admitted his guilt, to serve 10 years of probation in a luxury $450,000 a year rehab facility in California. The Daily Mail on Tuesday published a series of photos showing just how comfortably the teen will be living.

Screengrab via the Daily Mail

Screengrab via the Daily Mail

Screengrab via the Daily Mail

Screengrab via the Daily Mail

Screengrab via the Daily Mail

The luxury rehab center offers its patients horse riding, massages, cooking lessons and state-of-the-art exercise equipment, the Daily Mail reports.

Meanwhile, Tarrant County District Attorney Joe Shannon has asked a juvenile judge to put Couch behind bars on two cases of intoxication assault that he says are still pending before the court, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram ( http://bit.ly/JEXZpn ) reported Tuesday.

"During his recent trial, the 16-year-old admitted his guilt in four cases of intoxication manslaughter and two cases of intoxication assault," Shannon said in an email to the newspaper. "There has been no verdict formally entered in the two intoxication assault cases. Every case deserves a verdict."

Two teens riding in the back of Couch's Ford F-350 pickup in the June wreck suffered critical injuries. According to testimony, one of them, Sergio Molina, is paralyzed and can communicate only by blinking.

District Judge Jean Boyd gave Couch 10 years' probation last Tuesday after a sentencing hearing in which Couch's attorneys argued his wealthy parents coddled him into a sense of irresponsibility - an affliction one witness called "affluenza." Prosecutors had asked for a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.

A message could not be left with the judge after hours. A message left with a one of Couch's defense attorneys was not immediately returned.

Couch's blood-alcohol level was three times the legal limit and there were traces of Valium in his system when he lost control of his pickup, plowing into a group of people helping a woman whose car had stalled.

Seven passengers were riding in Couch's truck. In addition to Molina, Solimon Mohmand suffered numerous broken bones and internal injuries.

Screengrab via the Daily Mail

Defense attorneys had requested a lengthy probationary term at a costly rehabilitation facility in California, promising that Couch's parents would foot the bill. During sentencing, Boyd said he might not get the kind of intensive therapy in a state-run program that he could receive at the California facility.

If Couch violates the terms of his probation, he could be sent to prison for 10 years.

Under Texas juvenile law, the maximum allowable sentence in Couch's intoxication assault case would be three years in a Texas Juvenile Justice Department facility; he would be released no later than his 19th birthday.

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