A fisherman who stomped on a California brown pelican at Newport Beach pier last March pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor Tuesday and was sentenced to three years' informal probation and 20 days in jail.
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Daniel Moreno, 19, was fishing off the pier March 14 when the pelican swooped down and tried to steal his catch.
Moreno retaliation's broke the bird's beak--and earned the stomper an arrest by Newport Beach Police and the jail stint.
The pelican was treated at a Huntington Beach care center that is used to dealing with the cruelty local fishermen routinely inflict on seabirds.