An Oklahoma teenager who killed his friend while driving drunk will be avoiding any time in the big house - but only because he's being sent to the lord's house instead.
17-year-old Tyler Alred has been sentenced to ten years of church service for manslaughter after he crashed his pickup truck and killed his passenger, reports
Salt Lake City's KSL news. And while Judge Mike Norman admits that the punishment won't hold up legally if challenged, he's confident neither side in the case will appeal.
Not surprisingly, the American Civil Liberties Union is calling Norman's church attendance requirement a "clear violation of the First Amendment." But the judge is undeterred.
"There are a lot of people who say I can't do what I did," stated
Norman, who suggested his sentence was fitting for a teen who committed a reckless, but not malicious crime. "Only time will tell if we've saved Tyler Alred's life."
Via KSL News and ABC