AMERICAN FORK — A football coach who stepped on a pheasant during a game pleaded no contest to animal cruelty, a misdemeanor.

The pheasant was barely breathing after the Oct. 26 incident and was subsequently killed.

Richard Layton, an assistant coach at Viewmont High School, was ordered Tuesday to perform 30 hours of community service. The case will be erased after 12 months.

American Fork prosecutor James Hansen says Layton was a good candidate for what's known as a plea in abeyance.

Two teens from American Fork High released the bird on the field during a playoff game against Viewmont. Layton says he lost his balance while trying to stop the bird with his foot.