ORANGE, Calif. — Two Southern California college students have been sentenced for snatching a turkey that had to be euthanized five months after it was found reeking of beer, with a broken toe and missing feathers.

Steven Koressel and Richard Melbye were sentenced to a year of probation Thursday after pleading guilty to entering an animal enclosure without consent.

They also must spend a day in jail, do 100 hours of community service and pay $223 to the animal hospital that treated Tim the Turkey, who never recovered from his injuries.

Tim vanished from a farm run by a high school in April. He was found wandering the streets several hours later.

The men’s attorney tells the Orange County Register ( ) that they couldn’t explain why they took the turkey but that they’re “extremely remorseful.”

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