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California law student to spend six months in boot camp for death of bird

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California law student to spend six months in boot camp for death of bird

CREATED Oct. 16, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Justin Alexander Teixeira, the California law student accused of killing an exotic bird at a Las Vegas Strip hotel, is headed to boot camp.

Teixeira appeared in a Las Vegas court Wednesday morning. He was ordered by the judge to six months at the High Desert Prison boot camp.

If he sucessfully completes boot camp, the charge will most likely be reduced to a misdemeanor and he will be put on probation.

Teixeira and his classmate Eric Cuellar were charged with felony animal torture after the death of the bird in October of 2012.

According to witnesses and surveillance video, the pair chased a helmeted guinea fowl named Turk into the trees at the hotel-casino. They were later seen emerging with the bird's body and severed head.

There was also a third student involved in the death of the bird.

Cuellar and the other student pled guilty to misdemeanors and were fined and sentenced to community service.

A local animal rights activist group was at the courthouse before today's sentencing. They have been asking for harsher punishment for the trio since the incident happened.

Teixeira pled guilty in May to a single felony charge.

All three man were students at University of California, Berkley.