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Man gets suspended sentence for bird death

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LAS VEGAS -- A University of California, Berkeley, law student  received a suspended prison sentence Monday in Clark County District Court for killing an exotic bird at a Las Vegas Strip hotel.

He killed an helmeted guineafowl at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino in 2012. He was drunk when he chased the bird into the trees and then emerged carrying the bird's body and severed head.

Justin Alexander Teixeira was sentenced to 19 to 48 months in prison, but the sentence was suspended. He will serve a maximum of four years on probation. He must do 16 hours of community service every month at an animal shelter. That requirement can not be waived due to school or court. He must also undergo counseling.

Teixeira did plead guilty and completed a prison boot camp program. Two other Berkeley students entered pleas to reduced misdemeanor charges, paid fines and served community service.
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