LAS VEGAS (AP) — A University of California, Berkeley, law student accused in the beheading of an exotic bird at a Las Vegas Strip resort is now pleading guilty to a felony animal killing charge.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that 25-year-old Justin Alexander Teixeira took a plea deal Wednesday in the Oct. 12 death of a helmeted guineafowl at the Flamingo resort.

He had previously pleaded not guilty and faced a jury trial in October.

The newspaper reports the agreement involves Teixeira spending six months in boot camp and then serving probation.

Security footage allegedly shows Teixeira and two others chasing the bird to a walkway where the bird’s body was found. The head was found amid nearby rocks.

Two other Berkeley students have entered pleas to misdemeanors in the case.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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