Oklahoma judge defends sentencing 17-year-old to ten years of church

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Muskogee, OK, United States (4E) – An Oklahoma judge, who recently sentenced a convicted 17-year-old to ten years of church attendance, believe that he did the right thing, even if it was unconstitutional.

Judge Mike Norman gave Tyler Alred a 10-year deferred sentence for DUI manslaughter.

Alred was driving with a blood alcohol level of .07 on December 4, 2011 when he hit a tree, resulting in the death of his passenger, 16-year old John Dum.

Norman ordered Alred to regularly visit the church in the next decade as well as telling him to finish high school and complete welding school.

He added that both families were satisfied with the decision and that he talked to the district attorney before passing sentence, “I did what I felt like I needed to do.”

Alred’s attorney and the victim’s family consented to the terms of the sentence.

According to The Huffington Post, Norman admitted giving out the church requirement in the past, especially in child support cases, but he has never done it for a manslaughter charge.

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