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Law student gets probation in Vegas bird death case

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Justin Teixeira, in his October 2012 booking photo (LVMPD) Justin Teixeira, in his October 2012 booking photo (LVMPD)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

A California law student was given probation and community service as his sentence for the decapitation of an exotic bird at a Las Vegas Strip resort.

In October 2013, Justin Teixeira was ordered by a judge to spend 180 days at High Desert Prison boot camp. As part of the order, the judge was expected to sentence the University of California, Berkeley law student to probation if he completes the term.

On Monday, a judge sentenced Teixeira to 19 to 48 months of probation. In addition, he was ordered to serve 16 hours of animal-related community service each month of his sentence.

Teixeira pleaded guilty in connection to the death of a helmeted guinea fowl while visiting the Flamingo Hotel and Casino. According to documents, Teixeira and classmate Eric Cuellar were captured on surveillance video in October 2012 chasing the bird into trees. They were later seen carrying the body and severed head of the bird.

Cuellar pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of torture, injuring, abandoning or starving an animal. Teixeira originally was set to go to trial on the charges before pleading guilty in June 2013.

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