Church attendance is part of probation for teen convicted of manslaughter in DUI crash


Church attendance is part of probation for teen convicted of manslaughter in DUI crash

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — A 17-year-old from Muskogee has been sentenced to attend church for 10 years as part of his probation for a manslaughter conviction.

Tyler Alred was sentenced Tuesday in Muskogee County District Court after pleading guilty in August to first-degree manslaughter in the December 2011 auto accident that killed 16-year-old John Luke Dum.

Alred cried while apologizing to Dum’s family in court and hugged Dum’s father as both began to sob.

Authorities say Alred registered 0.06 and 0.07 blood-alcohol content after the crash. The legal limit is 0.08 — but Alred’s amount is considered under state law to be driving under the influence of alcohol because he’s underage.

Defense attorney Donn Baker said the church requirement is unusual — but he won’t challenge it and that Alred currently attends church regularly.

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