Now in Legal Rebels:
Posted Oct 17, 2013 04:10 pm CDT
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.”
ABAJournal.com: “3rd law student charged in beheading of exotic Vegas bird takes misdemeanor plea and gets 2 days”