A judge required Justin Teixeira, 24, to go to High Desert Prison boot camp for 180 days before an official sentencing will be given on April 14, 2014. At that time, a judge may sentence Teixeira to probation if he completes the boot camp term.
According to court documents, Teixeira and his University of California, Berkeley, classmate, Eric Cuellar, were charged with felony animal torture and killing another person's animal in the October 2012 incident.
The animal who died was Turk, a helmeted guinea fowl that was part of the Flamingo Hotel and Casino's Wildlife Habitat, according to police.
In documents, surveillance video captured the two chasing the bird into trees. A witness told police the men then emerged from the trees, carrying the body and severed head of the bird.