Law school grad gets boot camp in Vegas bird death

Published on NewsOK Modified: October 16, 2013 at 8:03 pm •  Published: October 16, 2013
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A University of California, Berkeley, law school graduate was handcuffed and taken to a Nevada prison boot camp Wednesday for beheading an exotic bird during a drunken chase at a Las Vegas Strip resort.

Justin Alexander Teixeira, 25, said nothing as he was sentenced as expected to a little more than six months in the camp.

He could serve another three to five years of probation before he can ask to have his felony conviction reduced to a misdemeanor, prosecutor Frank Coumou said.

The judge scheduled a probation sentencing hearing for April 14. Teixeira could face up to four years in state prison if he violates terms of the deal.

His attorney, Michael Pariente, called Teixeira extremely remorseful and said the incident happened while Teixeira was "heavily intoxicated."

Teixiera has been volunteering in recent months for the Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in California, Pariente said, and was grateful to have an opportunity to avoid a felony conviction under his plea agreement.

Outside court, Coumou noted that Teixeira should learn next month whether he passed the California State Bar exam he took in July. He'll be serving his boot camp sentence at High Desert State Prison in Indian Springs, outside Las Vegas.

Whether Teixeira is admitted to practice law in California could on depend on whether a felony remains on his record. A statement on the bar website notes that people convicted of violent felonies or felonies involving moral turpitude "are presumed not to be of good moral character." But it allows room for a pardon or "a showing of overwhelming reform and rehabilitation."