"Final Destination 3" star Ryan Merriman has just been sentenced to a fate worse than jail in his DUI case -- alcohol education classes.
TMZ broke the story ... Merriman was charged with two counts of DUI last month after his boozy November arrest in Newport Beach -- and today, the actor pled no contest.
Showing no mercy, the judge sentenced Merriman to an accelerated alcohol program -- and 3 years informal, unsupervised probation.
Merriman also has to pay $390 plus fees. THE HORROR.