Law School Grad Takes Plea Deal in Bird Killing

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A University of California, Berkeley, law school graduate has taken a plea deal in the beheading of an exotic bird last October at a Las Vegas Strip resort

Prosecutor Frank Coumou said Thursday that 26-year-old Hazhir Kargaran appeared in court Wednesday and was sentenced to two days in the Clark County jail, a one-year suspended sentence, a $1,000 fine, restitution, counseling and community service.

Defense attorney Josh Tomsheck says Kargaran pleaded no contest to instigating animal cruelty, property destruction and trespass in the death of the bird at the Flamingo hotel-casino wildlife habitat.

Another Berkeley student, Eric Cuellar, pleaded guilty in January to a misdemeanor.

Justin Alexander Teixeira is set for trial in October. He's the Berkeley student accused of ripping the bird's head off.

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