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Berkeley law student pleads guilty in bird death case

Reported by: Denise Rosch
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Updated: 6/12/2013 9:11 pm
A Berkeley law student pleads guilty to decapitating a bird at the Flamingo. Justin Teixeira was in court this morning to admit his role in the death of the bird. News 3's Denise Rosch with the exclusive video of the moments leading up to the bird being ripped in two.

One of the Cal-Berkeley law students charged in connection with the beheading of a bird at the Flamingo pleaded guilty today at the Regional Justice Center.

Justin Teixeira, 24, was charged with killing another person's animal, torture and injuring an animal. He had pleaded not guilty at an earlier hearing. He will be sentenced in October.

Teixeira could face four years in prison, but in negotiations with the Clark County district attorney’s office, he could participate in a six-month Regimental Discipline program through the Nevada Department of Corrections.

In October, Teixeira and another Berkeley law student, Eric Cuellar, hunted down an exotic bird at the Flamingo.

Cuellar pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of instigating animal cruelty.

In May, a third person, Hazhir Kargaran, pleaded no contest to three misdemeanors for his role in the beheading.

Cellphone video obtained by News 3 shows Teixeira chasing the bird around the property. On the video his friends can be heard laughing and egging him on.

The video ends before prosecutors say he decapitated the animal. He pleaded guilty to the charge of "killing another person's animal" which is a felony



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