AMERICAN FORK, Utah – A football coach accused of stepping on a pheasant during a game has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor animal cruelty.
Viewmont High School assistant coach Richard Layton was ordered Tuesday to perform 30 hours of community service.
Layton was videotaped stepping on the bird during an Oct. 26 game against American Fork High School.
Two teens had released the bird onto the field as a prank.
Layton says he lost his balance while trying to stop the bird with his foot.
The pheasant was badly injured and was later destroyed.