U.S. judge orders teen to attend Church

Tyler Alred 
By: Devansh Dutt 

(Scroll down for video) A U.S. judge ordered a teen to attend Church instead of sentencing him to jail, according to court proceedings.

Oklahoma District Judge Mike Norman sentenced the juvenile offender to attend church as part of his probation agreement.

The pastor of the judge was in the courtroom at the time of the sentencing.

Not only did the judge previously sentence a defendant to attend church, but there was a man the judge ordered to bring the church lessons with him to court.

"The Lord works in many ways," Norman said. "I did some of these things before, but never for serious offenders."

Norman sentenced Tyler Alred, 17, on Tuesday, after he pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter for the death of a friend and companion John Luke Dum. Dum died as a result of a car accident.

Dum died on impact after Alred crashed his Chevrolet, expelling Dum from the vehicle.

Alred was 16 years old at the time of the crash and had been drinking before the fatal accident.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol performed a breathalyzer test at the time, and although Alred was under the legal limit of alcohol in the state, he had been drinking underage.

The judge could have imprisoned Alred, but instead, given his criminal and school records, was sentenced to wear a bracelet that will monitor for drugs and alcohol, to participate in group counseling and attend a church of his choice once per week.

He also must graduate from high school.

To avoid jail, Norman gave Alred a 10-year maximum deferred sentence.