LAS VEGAS -- A University of California, Berkeley law school student accused in the death and decapitation of an exotic bird at a Las Vegas resort attraction has pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge against him.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/SmFc5v ) Eric Cuellar pleaded Thursday to instigating or engaging in animal cruelty.

He was sentenced to 48 hours of community service and an alcohol counseling class, and also ordered to pay a $200 fine and $150 in restitution to the Flamingo resort.

Police say 24-year-old Cuellar and fellow law student Justin Teixeira (tuh-SHARE'-uh) were seen Oct. 12 laughing and throwing around the body of a dead, 14-year-old helmeted guineafowl at the Flamingo's Wildlife Habitat.

Teixeira faces a felony charge of killing another person's animal and other torture and cruelty counts.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com



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