Criminal Justice

Law grad gets 6 months in prison 'boot camp' for beheading Vegas casino's exotic bird


A helmeted guinea fowl. Image from Shutterstock.

A law graduate of the University of California at Berkeley has been sentenced to spend 190 days in a Nevada state prison “boot camp” for beheading an exotic bird at a Las Vegas Strip casino last October, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Justin Teixeira, 25, pleaded guilty in June to a felony charge of killing another person’s animal, but can avoid having a felony conviction on his record by successfully completing his sentence and three to five years of probation. At that point, he can withdraw the felony plea and be convicted of a misdemeanor.

Two other students at the law school, who also chased the bird—a 14-year-old helmeted guinea fowl known as Turk—at the Flamingo Hotel last year but apparently didn’t intend to kill him took misdemeanor pleas in the case.

“It was just a drunk, stupid decision to go and chase the bird,” chief deputy district attorney Frank Coumou said. “Unfortunately, Teixeira took it a step further on his own.”

See also: “3rd law student charged in beheading of exotic Vegas bird takes misdemeanor plea and gets 2 days”

Did you update your iPhone or Android recently? Our experts have these recommendations

As laws are passed allowing guns in parked cars at work, attorneys advise employers on safety rules

We welcome your comments, but please adhere to our comment policy. Flag comment for moderator.

Commenting is not available in this channel entry.