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

Posted Oct 17, 2013 11:10 AM CDT
By Martha Neil

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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:

ABAJournal.com: "3rd law student charged in beheading of exotic Vegas bird takes misdemeanor plea and gets 2 days"

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