UC Berkeley law graduate gets probation for beheading exotic bird

A UC Berkeley law school graduate student accused of beheading an exotic bird during a drunken Las Vegas trip was ordered to serve up to four years’ probation.

The probation term comes after Justin Alexander Teixeira, 25, of Placerville completed 190 days at a prison boot camp outside Las Vegas, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Teixeira, who pleaded guilty last year, apologized for decapitating the bird at the Flamingo Hotel’s Wildlife Habitat.

He must also perform 16 hours of community service per month at a animal shelter, according to the Associated Press.


Security video showed Teixeira and two other UC Berkeley students laughing and chasing a 14-year-old helmeted guinea fowl named Turk around the hotel habitat.

Teixeira twisted the bird’s neck, tossed the body one way and the head into nearby rocks, the AP reported.

The two other students, Eric Cuellar, 26, and Hazhir Kargaran, 27, pleaded guilty to misdemeanors and were fined. They were also ordered to serve community service.

Teixeria passed the California bar exam, but his ability to practice law will depend on whether his felony charge can be reduced after he completes probation, the AP reported.


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