Man Gets 6 Months Boot Camp for Bird Death - 8 News NOW

Man Gets 6 Months Boot Camp for Bird Death

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A 25-year-old University of California, Berkeley, law school graduate was sentenced Wednesday to six months of regimented boot camp in Nevada High Desert Prison after pleading guilty to beheading an exotic bird during a drunken chase at a Las Vegas Strip resort.

Once Justin Alexander Teixeira finishes boot camp, he will be evaluated and will be put on probation. Teixeira had been facing three felony counts in the October 2012 death of a helmeted guineafowl at the Flamingo.

Officials say security video shows Teixeira and two other Berkeley students chasing the chicken-sized bird before the body was found. The head was found in nearby rocks.

The other students pleaded guilty to misdemeanors and were fined and sentenced to community service.

Teixeira pleaded guilty in May to a single felony killing another person's animal charge.

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