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Former Redding man sent to boot camp in bird beheading case

Published On: Oct 16 2013 06:45:00 PM CDT

A 25-year-old former Redding man and University of California, Berkeley, law school graduate was handcuffed and taken to prison boot camp Wednesday for beheading an exotic bird during a drunken chase at a Las Vegas Strip resort.        

Justin Alexander Teixeira has to serve six months in the camp and probation before he can ask to have his felony conviction reduced to a misdemeanor.     

Teixeira pleaded guilty in May to one count of killing another person's animal. That avoided trial on three felony counts in the October 2012 death of a helmeted guineafowl at the Flamingo.        

Security video showed Teixeira and two other Berkeley students chasing the chicken-sized bird before the body was found. The head was found in nearby rocks.        

The other students pleaded guilty to misdemeanors were fined and sentenced to community service.