A judge has told an Oklahoma teenager, who pleaded guilty in the traffic death of another teen, to attend church for 10 years to avoid prison. His defense attorney is not challenging the sentence.
"My client goes to church every Sunday," Tulsa World quoted attorney Donn Baker as saying of the 17- year-old defendant, Tyler Alred. "That isn't going to be a problem for him. We certainly want the probation for him."
District Judge Mike Norman of Muskogee County, Okla., this week determined the conditions to accompany the deferred sentence of Alred, who was charged with youthful offender to manslaughter in the death of his passenger, 16-year-old John Luke Dum of Muskogee.
In addition to church attendance, Norman also asked the teenager to wear an ankle bracelet that monitors alcohol consumption; attend victim-impact panels and speak at events about the consequences of drinking and driving; graduate from high school and welding school; attend counseling; and undergo drug and alcohol assessments.
Alred, a high school and welding school student, admitted to drinking when he crashed his Chevrolet pickup into a tree, killing Dum on Dec. 3. He pleaded guilty in August.
Baker was quoted as saying that Alred "started crying, and (Dum's) father got up and went over to him and they hugged, and both of them cried wrenching tears for several minutes."
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SOURCE: Christian Post