Hazir Kargaran, third Calif. law student, charged in Las Vegas exotic bird killing case
Two University of California-Berkeley law school students were arrested in Oct. 2012 after police say they killed and decapitated an exotic bird that was part of a Las Vegas resort attraction. Eric Cuella, 24, and Justin Teixeira, 24, were arrested and jailed on charges of suspicion of conspiracy and willful malicious killing of wildlife. The two men were allegedly seen on Friday laughing and throwing the body of a helmeted guineafowl (like the one pictured above) at the Flamingo resort-casino. The animal was a part of the Flamingo's Wildlife Habitat, a garden area that is home to many types of birds. Surveillance video captured the men chasing the bird into some trees, authorities say. Witnesses told police that the two emerged carrying the body and severed bird head.
CBS San Francisco
Prosecutor Frank Coumou said Thursday that 26-year-old Hazir Kargaran, a University of California, Berkeley, law school graduate, appeared in court Wednesday and accepted a plea deal. Kargaran was sentenced to two days in the Clark county jail, a 1-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.