The minor accused of killing swans and other birds at Desert Shores admitted to a felony charge in court Monday.
The teen, who appeared in juvenile court, will serve probation and go to counseling.
Protesters rallied outside the courthouse. Activists from the Nevada Political Action for Animals group called the swans’ deaths brutal and wanted justice for the birds.
“I can’t even imagine how horrible the swans felt because they were loved and cared for by the community and then to have someone come in and brutally murder these swans, it’s horrible,” said Stacia Newman, president of Nevada Political Action for Animals.
Six other charges of maiming, poisoning or killing an animal were dismissed as part of the plea deal.
The teen will also be on probation until his 21st birthday.