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Law school grad gets boot camp in Vegas bird death

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KEN RITTER | October 16, 2013 02:41 PM EST | AP

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LAS VEGAS — LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 25-year-old University of California, Berkeley, law school graduate was handcuffed and taken to prison boot camp Wednesday for beheading an exotic bird during a drunken chase at a Las Vegas Strip resort.

Justin Alexander Teixeira (teh-SHEHR'-uh) has to serve six months in the camp and probation before he can ask to have his felony conviction reduced to a misdemeanor.

Teixeira pleaded guilty in May to one count of killing another person's animal. That avoided trial on three felony counts in the October 2012 death of a helmeted guineafowl at the Flamingo.

Security video showed 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 were fined and sentenced to community service.