An Oklahoma teenager in Muskogee, Oklahoma, who pleaded guilty in the tragic death of another teen has been given an interesting sentence: 10 years of church attendance in exchange for not heading to prison. His attorney Donn Baker told Tulsa World he was not going to challenge the sentence.
The defendant, Tyler Alred, 17, was behind the wheel of a Chevrolet pickup about 4 a.m. Dec. 3 when he crashed into a tree on a county road east of Muskogee. His friend and passenger John Luke Dum, 16, died at the scene. Alred, a high school and welding school student, admitted to Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers that he had been drinking, records show.
Although Alred was not legally drunk – he was given two breath tests, which, at 0.06 and 0.07, fell below the legal 0.08 blood-alcohol threshold for legal drunkenness – he was under-age and, as a result, considered to be driving under the influence of alcohol.
I would think that such a sentence outrageous, but because this was his friend it probably will be enough, because he does have that guilt on his mind. Now do you think that they will do the same for the Death Row Records, Suge Knight, dude that ran down his best friend in Los Angeles this week? I doubt it and he probably needs it. Chances are though he’ll walk without any restitution.