Drunk and stupid. That was both the lawyer and Justin Teixeira's excuse for ripping off the head of a 14 year old helmeted guinea fowl bird in the Wildlife Habitat at The Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas last October.
Well Justin, drunk or not, you're still one stupid 24 year old law student who tortured an innocent and beloved bird named Turk. Laughing in the bushes with your other two stupid drunk friends, and yelling "I killed ******* wildlife" shows some kind of warped character lurking around in your nature. Drunks, after all, usually speak truth.
Too bad your friends, Eric Cuellar and Hazhir Kargaran got off with just 48 hours of community service, fines, and a kiss goodbye from our great justice system. More should be done to those who witness animal abuse and choose to look away. Instead, one of your loggerhead friends videotaped the crime spree. Should lock you three stooges up together in a 3x3 cell and videotape that.
Earlier this week in Las Vegas, Teixeira received his sentence. 190 days at a Nevada Boot Camp, a place where first time offenders with lesser crimes have an opportunity to better themselves without being sent to prison.
Take along a notepad Justin, maybe you'll learn more in boot camp than law school. You'll be required to attend classes called "Life Skills." Substance Abuse, Anger Management, Cultural Diversity, Family Dynamics, and community services which include working at Opportunity Village, Habitat for Humanity, and other numerous State agencies. After that, if you're a good boy, charges might be dropped from a felony to a misdemeanor in April of next year, allowing you to brush off all this nonsense, this waste of your precious time and get on with your life, your legal career.
The court system may slap you on the hand, but those who love animals will never forget the ones who torture and kill innocent animals.
This is 2013. The ghosts of Googling your name will forever follow you, rendering you helpless against the search engines of modern technology, ripping off your head time and again, just like you did to Turk.
Whether fate leads you to practice law or not, we'll always remember you as a coward who silenced the cry of a voiceless animal.