According to The Huffington Post, Tyler Alred was drink-driving on December 3, 2011 when he crashed his vehicle, killing his friend in the passenger seat.
The teenager from Oklahoma said in court: "I did not want to do what I did. I want to change my life."
Alred pleaded guilty to manslaughter, and as a young offender was given a 10-year probation sentence.
He is expected to complete high school and welding school, submit for a year to regular alcohol, drug and nicotine tests, and participate in a Victim Impact Panel programme.
Furthermore, Alred must turn up to church for the next decade.
Alred's defence lawyer commented on the mandatory church attendance: "My client goes to church every Sunday. That isn't going to be a problem for him."
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