A University of California, Berkeley, law school graduate, apologized Monday for beheading an exotic bird in Las Vegas during a drunken escapade in October 2012 at a Las Vegas Strip resort and was sentenced to up to four years of probation after completing six months in a Nevada prison “boot camp”.
Justin Teixeira, 25, apologized Monday to the state of Nevada and to people affected by the death of the helmeted guinea fowl named Turk. He must also perform 16 hours of community service each month, Clark County District Court Judge Stefany Miley said at a hearing in Las Vegas.
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“It was the worst moment of my life,” Teixeira said in his first public comment since the incident. “If there was anything I could do to undo it, I would.”
If he completes a probation term of up to four years, he can withdraw his felony plea and instead be found guilty of a gross misdemeanor, Coumou said.
“I think this young man has really paid a significant price for his bad behavior, One bad decision after a night of heavy drinking has really put a serious wrinkle in his future.”
Two other men were convicted for their roles in the case, which drew nationwide headlines.
Hazhir Kargaran, 27, who completed his third and final year at UC Berkeley School of Law, pleaded no contest to three misdemeanors: instigating animal cruelty, property destruction and trespassing. He was sentenced to two days in jail and 48 hours of community service.
Eric Cuellar, 26, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of instigating animal cruelty. He got a $200 fine and 48 hours of community service.
But the judge came down hard with her sentence. She told Teixeira his animal shelter commitment will last as long as his probation, regardless of other employment or school enrollment.