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Only in America: Go directly to church

A teen found guilty of manslaughter is spared jail time and sentenced to church instead — and more in our collection of strange revelations about the nation

Tyler Alred, 17, was behind the wheel when he crashed his truck into a tree, killing his friend in the passenger seat. Alred had only a small amount of alcohol in his system, but because he's a minor, he was charged with a DUI. However, a judge in Oklahoma has spared the teen from going to jail, instead giving him a deferred sentence that requires him to attend church for the next 10 years, graduate high school, and submit to drug and alcohol tests, among other requirements. "All of that stuff makes sense," says Maria Guido at Mommyish. "But you lost me at attending church."