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Law student convicted in bird's death set for sentencing

Reported by: Trevor Thompson
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Updated: 10/16/2013 7:36 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV — A Cal-Berkeley law student convicted of beheading an exotic bird at the Flamingo Hotel last year is scheduled to be sentenced today.

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.

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 2012, 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

Nevada Voters for Animals, an animal rights group, is expected to stage a rally before Teixeira is sentenced.

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